THE Ministry of Sports, Art and Culture has received a boost in its preparations for the African Union Sports Region Five Youth Games after Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe released $1 million.
Speaking to NewsDay Sport in Murewa, Sports minister Andrew Langa said the money would go a long way in the construction and refurbishment of the venues to be used during the events.
“The unveiling of such funds into my ministry shows that the government is committed in hosting the Youth Games,” Langa said.
Langa said preparations were going well and he was confident they would meet the deadline to handover the infrastructure to be used during the Games.
Meanwhile, Senior Minister of State in the President’s Office Simon Khaya Moyo will today lead a team of ministers touring some of the venues that will be hosting the Games including Luveve Stadium, White City Stadium, Hillside Teachers’ College and Barbourfields Stadium.
Zimbabwe will be hosting the competitions, formerly known as Zone Six Under-20 Games, from December 4 to 15 in Bulawayo.
Government secured $34 million for the construction of three hostels at National University of Science and Technology which will accommodate 622 athletes each and will also help alleviate accommodation problems at the institution after the Games.
The Ministry of Sports, Art and Culture said the budget had been set at $46 million, with $36 million going towards infrastructure and $10 million for operational costs.
Bulawayo last had infrastructure fully refurbished in 1995.