OFFICIALS from the eight sports codes and 11 countries that will be taking part in the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games are in the country for tonight’s draw which will be beamed live on television.
The officials are from Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Lesotho.
The draw which will be held at a local hotel and will be attended by regional organising committee (ROC) secretary Mvuzo Mbebe, Sports, Arts and Culture minister Andrew Langa, Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo, officials from the regional and local organising committees and other stakeholders.
Local organising committee chairperson Khonzani Ncube confirmed yesterday that the draw would be held today.
“Everything is in place and the event will be live on television. We are expecting the minister Andrew Langa, ROC secretary-general to be there,” she said.
Yesterday the chéf de missions and confederations held a meeting to discuss the state of preparedness so far.
The chéf de missions are Luz Antonio Manuel da of Angola, Malesu Ookedistse from Botswana, Lephaila Retselisitsoe (Lesotho), Mereka Henry (Malawi), Albasini Rui (Mozambique), Roger Kambutuku (Namibia), Cobers Clifford (South Africa), Zama Didvitch (Swaziland), Gibson Mayaule of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Sebastian Garikai.
The countries will compete in athletics, boxing, basketball, judo, netball, tennis, swimming and football which will be played at Barbourfields Stadium, Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo City Pool, White City Stadium, Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and Bulawayo Large City Hall.
The athletes will be housed at Hillside Teacher’s College where new facilities have been built and refurbished.
During this week the regional committee took time to tour the facilities and make recommendations on the structures that are being constructed and those that are being refurbished.
They expressed concern over White City which is seemingly falling behind in terms of the deadline but had assurances from the contractor that they would have handed over the site by November 15 which is also the deadline for all the facilities.