THE National Youth Education through Sport (Yes) games which were scheduled for Mutare have been cancelled to make way for the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Youth games which Bulawayo will host on December 5-14.
Sports and Recreation Commission community sports development officer Martin Dururu confirmed that they had been cancelled.
“The Yes games have been cancelled this year to pave way for the Region 5 Games. Yes games are usually in December but because we did not want them to clash with the Region 5 Games and everybody is working towards the regional games they (Yes) had to be cancelled,” Dururu said.
He added that most of the volunteers in the country’s 10 provinces would be concentrating on helping with the preparations for the Region 5 Games.
Participants at the Yes games compete in three categories sport, per education and community projects.
The Yes Games are a test on the strength and weakness for the province hosting the Zimbabwe National Youth Games the next year.
Dururu said provincial competitions will still go ahead in the different areas.
“The provincial competitions will still go ahead. Most of the provinces will host their finals this weekend and the winners will get their usual prizes which include a shield and medals,” said the SRC official.
Most sporting events that were set for December have been cancelled to make way for the Region 5 Games with 11 Southern African countries expected to participate.