Zim team fi­nalised for An­gola youth games

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

ZIM­BABWE fi­nalised the squad for the sev­enth edi­tion of the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Un­der20 Youth Games that will be held in An­gola in De­cem­ber.

Team Zim­babwe of­fi­cials are con­tem­plat­ing set­ting up a train­ing base for the squad ei­ther in Bu­l­awayo or Hwange, as the two places are said to have sim­i­lar cli­matic con­di­tions to Luanda, venue for the bian­nual games.

Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere said the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee had ap­proved the squad, al­though the fi­nal de­ci­sion, which is merely aca­demic, will be made by the board on Mon­day.

“The Mon­day de­ci­sion is merely aca­demic. It’s just a pro­ce­dure that has to be fol­lowed be­cause once the team has been ap­proved, the rest is for­mal­ity. Once the board en­dorses, as ex­pected, we will then come up with camp­ing lo­gis­tics, but the tech­ni­cal team wants to set up base ei­ther in Bu­l­awayo or the coal min­ing town of Hwange,” said Muchechetere.

He said they would want to have a proper camp­ing pe­riod, so that ath­letes get to know each other and em­brace the idea that they are one team even though they will be com­pet­ing in dif­fer­ent sport­ing codes.

“Our ath­letes come from dif­fer­ent ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions of the coun­try and camp­ing will help us be­come one, un­der­stand our vi­sion and what we want as a coun­try. Our hope is that we de­part for Luanda at least four days be­fore the games start,” said Muchechetere. The Luanda Games will run from De­cem­ber 5-18. The AUSC Re­gion 5 is the sports arm of the African Union and was formed in the 1960s. Its aim is to use sports to achieve peace, in­te­gra­tion and unity in Africa, by us­ing sport as a ve­hi­cle of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to de­velop and come to­gether, ir­re­spec­tive of colour, eco­nomic sta­tus, po­lit­i­cal, class, or gen­der.

AUSC Re­gion 5 is made up of An­gola, Botswana, Le­sotho, Malawi, Mozam­bique, Namibia, South Africa, Swazi­land, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe — @skhu­moyo2000.

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