Youth Games LOC seeks volunteers

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National Youth Games official Joshua Matume says they need 300 volunteers to make the August event that will take place in Mutare a success.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

In a statement, volunteers manager Matume, who is also Manicaland Athletics Board chairman, said: “We are targeting 300 local volunteers who will be in charge of various disciplines and activities in the upcoming Zimbabwe National Youth Games to be held in Mutare as from August 15-23 2015. The volunteers are in three categories; general, technical, health and administration.

“All those who are interested should go and register at the Sports and Recreation Commission offices. They should attach proof of qualification on their registration cards. Red Cross Society will help to select those who are going to assist in the health department.

“Training of the volunteers will start on July 31 2015 at Mutare Polytechnic. Preparations are at an advanced stage, with various committees working flat out tom prepare the groundwork.”

Last week, Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene declared the National Youth Games a looming crisis due to the failure by the Local Organising Committee to raise funds to host the games.

From the $1 million needed to host the games, it came to light last week that only $66 000 had been raised with less than a month before the games start.

Chimene blasted the Local Organising Committee for sleeping on duty and by yesterday, it seemed nothing had changed and the LOC together with senior government officials were locked in a series of meetings to map the way forward.

The province last hosted the games in 2005 and this year, it is set to compete for top accolade with nine provinces including guest country Mozambique.

They are going to compete in eight sporting disciplines such as soccer (men and women), athletics, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, boxing and lawn tennis.