MARONDERA will host the seventh edition of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games from April 10-14, the national head of the games secretariat Martin Dururu said yesterday.
Dururu told Southern Eye Sport that preparations are underway in the Mashonaland East town to ensure the successful hosting of the games.
“The 2014 edition of the Paralympic games will be held in Marondera from April 10-14. At this juncture I can say preparations are going on well. The local organising committee has worked hard to ensure that they look for accommodation, games venues as well as carrying out various fundraising activities,” he said.
Dururu said the local organising committee is also working hard to ensure that they raise funds for the successful hosting of the annual competition.
“All the provinces have selected their teams for the games. They should be going into camp at the end of this month so that they finalise their preparations. The budget is pegged at $193 000. However, provinces are conducting their own fundraising activities so that they would be able to travel to Marondera.
“With the prevailing economic situation, there have been challenges in raising funds because they are not so many sponsors out there.
“However, the organising committee has been carrying out fundraising activities, and they are also expecting assistance from the government as well as getting some of the money from provincial participation fees,” he said.
The games inagurated in 2008, are aimed at giving disabled persons in Zimbabwe the platform to perform in various sporting disciplines. Competition venues were identified as follows: Athletics at Peterhouse; Intellectually challenged five-aside football at Marondera High; football (11-aside) for the hearing impaired at Rudhaka Stadium/Police grounds.
Goalball will be played at Marondera High/Nagle House School; netball at Dombotombo courts while wheelchair basketball will be played at Marondera High with wheelchair tennis set for Peterhouse.
Games villages would be in Marondera High school, Kushinga-Phikelela College, Mhukahuru Lodges, Malwatte Lodges, Ruzawi and Macheke Lodges.
Masvingo Province won last year’s games that were hosted in the Midlands town of Gweru.