Byo come tops at Youth Games

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo in Hwange

BU­L­AWAYO prov­ince are the 2017 Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games Un­der-18 cham­pi­ons af­ter amass­ing 33 gold medals in the games that ended in Hwange yes­ter­day.

Zim­babwe Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions Sports Union (ZTISU) emerged win­ners in the Un­der-23 age group with 16 gold medals while the open cat­e­gory kings are the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice hav­ing scooped nine gold medals.

Hosts prov­ince Mata­bele­land North came eighth with two gold medals in the younger age group but came a com­mend­able third in the Un­der-23 age group with 16 gold medals in an age group that saw Bu­l­awayo set­tling for eighth po­si­tion with two gold medals

On sec­ond po­si­tion in the Un­der-18 cat­e­gory was Harare who col­lected 20 gold medals to rel­e­gate 2018 hosts Mid­lands to third who man­aged 13 gold medals.

Mashona­land Cen­tral, Vo­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, Mashona­land East, Agri­cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, Air force of Zim­babwe and the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army went back home with­out any gold medals.

Speak­ing at the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony at the Col­liery Sta­dium yes­ter­day, the Min­is­ter of Sport and Recre­ation, Makhosini Hlong­wane said it was pleas­ing to note that the Youth Games pol­icy was emerg­ing as lu­cid proof of the fea­si­bil­ity of the Com­mu­nity Sport and Recre­ation Club Sys­tem.

“We are wit­nesses of a game chang­ing par­a­digm paving the path for Zim­babwe to have a mini Olympic com­pe­ti­tion ed­i­fice. As we tie the fi­nal knot of the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the re­vised Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games we can safely as­sert that early pol­icy pro­mul­ga­tions for en masse par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport and recre­ation were never rad­i­cal imag­i­na­tions,” said Min­is­ter Hlong­wane, the brain child be­hind the re­vised Games that saw an in­crease in sport codes from the generic eight to 22 as well as the com­ing in of ad­di­tional prov­inces.

“The same pol­icy propo­si­tion were sci­en­tific mit­i­ga­tions of the prob­lem so­lu­tion gap to the erst­while dis­en­fran­chise­ment of the sport and recre­ation sec­tor. The re­form of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games struc­ture is perti­nently aligned to the Govern­ment’s un­equiv­o­cal at­ten­tive­ness to make sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties ac­ces­si­ble to all cit­i­zens in a bid to dis­man­tle the residues of a colo­nial past which nar­rowed sport and recre­ation to be pre­serve of the mi­nor­ity,” said Min­is­ter Hlong­wane.

Min­is­ter Hlong­wane said the makeover of Youth Games has con­ceived a hor­i­zon­tal de­vel­op­ment of the supreme na­tional sport and recre­ation com­pe­ti­tion plat­form.

“The re­vised ap­proach to the Youth Games has paved the path for the in­clu­sion of com­mu­ni­ties in the com­pe­ti­tion struc­ture and the ad­di­tional prov­inces,” said Min­is­ter Hlong­wane.

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