Team Byo leaves for Na­tional Youth Games in Chin­hoyi

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

A con­tin­gent of 143 ath­letes that will rep­re­sent Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince in the 14th edi­tion of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games left for Chin­hoyi, Mashona­land West yes­ter­day.

The games will run from to­day up to 21 Au­gust and Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince will be rep­re­sented in all eight sport­ing codes.

Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince fin­ished sev­enth in last year’s edi­tion in Mutare and hopes to do bet­ter this time around.

In ath­let­ics Team Bu­l­awayo sent 30 ath­letes, 18 basketball play­ers, 11 box­ers and four ten­nis play­ers. Twenty will com­pete in hand­ball, 12 in net­ball, 30 foot­ballers in men and ladies cat­e­gories as well as 18 vol­ley­ball play­ers.

Speak­ing at a send-off cer­e­mony at Eve­line High School yes­ter­day, Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Eu­nice Nomthandazo Moyo im­plored the team to carry the am­bas­sado­rial role be­stowed on them on be­half of the prov­ince.

“The good image you are go­ing to dis­play through­out your stay in Chin­hoyi is very cru­cial for the image build­ing for our prov­ince there­fore you must march past the other prov­inces and bring home suc­cess sto­ries and medals that will po­si­tion Bu­l­awayo on pole po­si­tion,” said Moyo.

The Min­is­ter said the games are a strat­egy by the govern­ment to stim­u­late mass par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport as well as iden­tify tal­ent for na­tional teams.

“Your tal­ent will cas­cade and find its way into na­tional teams for the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion 5 Games to be held in An­gola in De­cem­ber as well as other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional games,” she said.

Bu­l­awayo busi­ness­man Raj Modi sup­plied the team with food and re­fresh­ments for the du­ra­tion of the games while Zero Sup­plies do­nated T-shirts to all the ath­letes.

Milton and Mpopoma High Schools sup­plied buses to ferry the ath­letes to and from Chin­hoyi.

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