Mat North sets $50,000 bud­get for Youth Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

MATA­BELE­LAND North prov­ince has set a bud­get of $50,000 for the up­com­ing Zimbabwe Na­tional Youth Games set for Chin­hoyi next month.

The prov­ince will com­prise a del­e­ga­tion of 150, one of their big­gest num­bers since the in­cep­tion of the games in 2013.

Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial co­or­di­na­tor New­man Ma­suku said their bud­get re­quire­ments would cater for camp­ing, trans­port and af­fil­i­a­tion fees.

“We’re still run­ning around try­ing to raise that amount. Let­ters have been sent out to var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions, but we’re yet to get re­sponses although we re­main hope­ful. Marathon meet­ings are lined up as we race against time,” said Ma­suku.

He said the team would camp at Townsend High School from Au­gust 10 un­til its de­par­ture for the games.

“It was felt that Townsend High School was cen­tral and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble,” said Ma­suku.

Mata­bele­land North, who came ninth in last year’s event held in Mutare, have had per­pet­ual prob­lems pool­ing re­sources. This is in spite of the prov­ince be­ing rich in nat­u­ral re­sources and be­ing home to the coun­try’s premier tourist des­ti­na­tion Vic­to­ria Falls and Hwange Na­tional Park.

They have largely sur­vived on the benev­o­lence of Hwange Col­liery Com­pany and the Zimbabwe Power Com­pany, mainly in the form of trans­port.

Ma­suku said they were hop­ing to do well in team sports such as foot­ball where they won sil­ver last year af­ter los­ing to Bu­l­awayo in the fi­nal through penalty shootouts.

They have been drawn in Group A with Mata­bele­land South, Mashona­land West, Harare and Masvingo.

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