ZIMBABWE Olympic Committee (ZOC) chief executive officer Anna Mguni yesterday said she was impressed by the work done by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2013 edition of the National Youth Games in ensuring a successful start.
The Youth Games are being held in Bulawayo.
The week long games began on Sunday with most of the action starting yesterday in different venues around the city.
Southern Eye Sport caught up with Mguni in the company of ZOC president Admire Masenda at Northlea High School where they were watching basketball and handball matches.
“It is a very promising start to the games and from what I have seen so far I can say that things are in order. I am impressed with the work done by the LOC as we worked with them before in hosting a successful Olympic Day celebration last month. I do not doubt their capacity to host this event and I am sure that they will successfully host the whole games,” Mguni said.
The ZOC bosses had been visiting different venues around the city that are hosting the various sporting disciplines.
“We have been to Stanley Square where boxing is being held. Although the games had not started by the time we got there, everything seemed to be in order.
“We also went to Girls’ College where tennis is being played as well as White City. We were at Luveve High where we had a chance to see the new handball courts,” Mguni said. Athletics are being held at the National University of Science and Technology, basketball is at Northlea High School, boxing is at Stanley Square while men’s football is at White City as well as netball.
The women’s football games are being played at Barbourfields Stadium while handball would be hosted by Northlea and Luveve High schools.
Girls’ College is hosting tennis while volleyball is being played at Milton High School with the Youth Leadership Camp held at the School of Hospitality.
“It is important to have the Youth Games as a junior development program me and I’m pleased to see that the organisers have managed to sustain it for the past 11 editions.
“I am also impressed with the infrastructural development that has been brought to the province through the hosting of the games,” Mguni added.