Winter sports festival for Bulawayo province

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BULAWAYO Metropolitan Province will this Saturday host a winter sports festival at White City Stadium as part of fundraising efforts for the provincial team that will take part at the 13th edition of the Zimbabwe National Youth Games in Mutare.

BY GRACE CHIRANGANDE

This year’s edition of the games will be held in Manicaland Province from August 15 to 23.

Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Bulawayo co-ordinator Sam Dzvimbu confirmed the development yesterday.

“(It will be for) funds for our team and staff that will be travelling to Mutare for the youth games. The provincial leadership has been running around to make sure the team has proper travelling arrangements,” Dzvimbu said.

A number of sporting activities have been lined up with a handful of teams set to compete.

“There will be tug-of-war, social soccer and netball. A number of teams have already shown interest in the event. We want to make this festival an annual event so that the Bulawayo community gets a chance to appreciate the youth games. There will be prizes for these who do well.”

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi Moyo will grace the occasion.

However, Dzvimbu urged teams that have not registered to come forward and be part of the event.

“We urge the Bulawayo community to come and take part in the event as it is open to all adults,” he said.

Dzvimbu confirmed to this publication that several sporting disciplines had already forwarded the final lists of their teams.

“So far, volleyball, basketball and football girls’ coaches have given us their final team lists, but we are not saying we are
closing the doors for any potential athletes out there. The idea is to accommodate every Zimbabwean youth and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents.”

Team Bulawayo will troop into camp on August 10 at Eastview High School as part of their final preparations.

The team has been preparing since May and Dzvimbu is hopeful they will harvest medals this time around.

Bulawayo needs at least about $85 000 to cover affiliation fees, kits, camp and traveling expenses for about 265 athletes and officials.