Paralympic games preparations begin

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The Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games Local Organising Committee is set to hold a meeting on January 18 in Hwange to review the sub-committee’s feedback on preparations for games to be hosted by Matabeleland North Province in April.

The games will be held between April 8 and 12.
Newly appointed Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) co-ordinator for Matabeleland North Newman Masuku confirmed to NewsDay Sport they would hold the meeting.

“We are meeting on January 18 in Hwange to check on the state of preparedness of each sub-committee.

“We also want to find out the challenges they are facing and map the way forward with regards to preparations,” he said.

The subcommittees are for protocol, ceremonies, secretariat, marketing and publicity, accommodation, fundraising, edutainment and technical, medical, catering, administration, finance and security.

The province is expected to host 1 600 athletes including officials and coaches.

They will battle in sporting disciplines which include goal ball, wheelchair basketball and tennis and athletics for the visually impaired, among others.
Masuku said they were hoping to raise the required funds for the upkeep of the participants during the games.

“Our proposed budget for the games is $300 000.
“The bulk of funds will come from primary and secondary school affiliation fees from all the provinces,” he said.

Masuku was appointed as the SRC co-ordinator for the province after his predecessor Permanent Sibanda was relived of his duties.

Victor Rakabopa is the games chief executive officer while the games patron is Matabeleland North governor Thokozile Mathuthu. Donald Khumalo (finance), Tafadzwa Munodawafa (edutainment), Annanias Banda (accommodation) and Mugove Hamadziripi (protocol and ceremonies) are some of the subcommittee chairpersons.