Zim set to par­tic­i­pate in U20 youth games

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

TEAM Zim­babwe has paid the 50 per­cent ac­cred­i­ta­tion de­posit to An­gola ahead of the De­cem­ber African Unions Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Un­der-20 Youth Games.

The bian­nual Games will run from De­cem­ber 5-18 in An­gola and Team Zim­babwe is leav­ing no stone un­turned in their prepa­ra­tions, both ad­min­is­tra­tively and tech­ni­cally, with the fi­nal team ex­pected by the end of this month to al­low for in­ten­sive train­ing.

“We have al­ready paid 50 per­cent of the de­posit for our team which is $54 000 to An­gola, then in terms of the team we are fi­nal­is­ing it by the end of this month,” said the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere.

The ex­pe­ri­enced ad­min­is­tra­tor said the fi­nal meet­ing for the Chef De Mis­sions will be held in Luanda from Oc­to­ber 14-15.

“That is the time our team will be fi­nally ac­cred­ited as by that time we would have fi­nalised in terms of who the ath­letes are and who the of­fi­cials are, we have got a long list of ath­letes of about 260 which we will trim down as we fi­nalise our ac­cred­i­ta­tion,” said Muchechetere.

He said re­sources per­mit­ting, Zim­babwe will com­pete in all the dis­ci­plines on of­fer which is foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, ath­let­ics, ath­let­ics for vis­ually im­paired, judo, gym­nas­tics, swim­ming, box­ing and ten­nis.

“We wish to field in every dis­ci­pline but that po­si­tion can be fi­nally con­firmed by the end of the month as we look at the to­tal fund­ing for our team.

“We are not just go­ing there for a cer­e­mo­nial ap­pear­ance. We are go­ing there to com­pete and get medals so we don’t just want to take medi­ocre ath­letes or those who are just promis­ing, we want ath­letes who will win medals or fin­ish in the fi­nals.

“We will not just take a team for the sake of it but we will take a com­pet­i­tive team, which is go­ing to fly our flag in terms of ex­cel­lence,” said Muchechetere.

Venues for the sport codes have al­ready been iden­ti­fied with ath­let­ics set to be held at Es­ta­dio dos Co­queiros, bas­ket­ball at Pav­il­hao da Ci­dadela, the same venue for box­ing and judo.

Net­ball will be at Co­dem, ten­nis at the Club Te­nis de Luanda while Piscina de Al­valade will play host to swim­ming.

The African Union Sport Coun­cil Re­gion5 (AUSC Re­gion5) is the sports arm of the African Union.

It was formed in the 1960s, and its head­quar­ters is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The main aim of the AUSC is to use sports to achieve peace, in­te­gra­tion and unity in Africa,that is, sport as a ve­hi­cle of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to de­velop and come to­gether, ir­re­spec­tive of colour, eco­nomic sta­tus, political, class, or gen­der.

The AUSC di­vided Africa into seven com­pe­ti­tion zones due to the vast­ness of the con­ti­nent and for fi­nan­cial pru­dence.

The main con­sid­er­a­tion was the coun­tries’ geo­graph­i­cal po­si­tions. It is from this that AUSC Re­gion was born.

An­gola, Botswana, Le­sotho, Malawi, Mozam­bique, Namibia, South Africa, Swazi­land, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe are the mem­bers of the AUSC Re­gion Five — @skhu­moyo2000.

Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere

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