The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has appealed to the corporate world to assist Team Zimbabwe with resources to prepare for the African Union Sports Council Region V Youth Games to be held in Bulawayo on December 4 to 15.
SRC corporate communications officer Tirivashe Nheweyembwa made an appeal yesterday.
“We have been facing challenges in terms of resources and we are appealing to the corporate world to assist us with these resources to help prepare for the games,” he said.
The government made funds available for the teams to prepare for the youth games, but Nheweyembwa said there are some equipment that the athletes needed. “We hope to get corporates who will come forward and assist us,” he said.
The government has poured in money for the participation and we have also submitted a budget, but this is not going to be adequate. We need people who can partner us as we aspire for greatness.
We need training kits and some of these athletes do not have things like spikes and running shoes. We also hope to accommodate these athletes especially since we now have weekend programmes as we build up to the Youth Games.”
Team Zimbabwe has already submitted participants for the Youth Games to beat the deadline which had been set for August 31.
“We received $1 160 from the SRC to get passports for them and now they are waiting to receive them.
We have met all other deadlines and the final data review which was required by August 31 was also sent,” Nheweyembwa said.
He said some of the teams are going to take part in tournaments with a PSI-sponsored tournament in the pipeline.
“We are hoping that the soccer team will take part in the PSI tournament and we are working on the logistics.
“The basketball team took part in the Prince Edward tournament last weekend and coaches got the chance to see them play.
“Athletics have asked to train at the Pretoria High Performance Centre in South Africa to prepare for the games. All these will give coaches a chance to assess the players,” he said.