Hwange au­dits sports fa­cil­i­ties

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

HWANGE Col­liery re­cently un­der­took an au­dit of its sports fa­cil­i­ties as part of its bid to re­vive sport in the town and to check their state of pre­pared­ness to host the De­cem­ber Youth Ed­u­ca­tion through Sports (YES) Games.

The town will also play host to the 2017 Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games. Hwange Col­liery’s sports of­fi­cer Kenny Nyape said they dis­cov­ered that a num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties were al­most derelict due to non-use and the process of re­fur­bish­ing some had started.

“The main rea­son for the au­dit was to have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties’ state and we noted that some ar­eas, es­pe­cially var­i­ous sports cen­tres in the vil­lages, were now white ele­phants, but as I speak to you, a work­force has al­ready been de­ployed to re­fur­bish them as we count down to the YES Games in De­cem­ber,” said Nyape.

Hwange town was pre­vi­ously known as Zim­babwe’s own ver­sion of an Olympic town as it had fa­cil­i­ties, which were stan­dard to play host to all sport­ing codes of­fered at the Olympics.

It has a stan­dard ath­let­ics track, squash cen­tre, bad­minton, ta­ble ten­nis, con­ven­tional ten­nis, foot­ball and a box­ing arena, among oth­ers.

There will be a tour of the sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties un­der ren­o­va­tions to­day to as­sess progress.

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