All Set for Youth Games

The games to be played under the auspices of Southern African Development Community (SADC) will take place from 26 June to 6 July in Namibia where Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be competing.

More than 1 500 athletes from the 12 nations will participate in six different sport codes, namely track and field including athletics for the visually impaired, boxing, basketball, netball, soccer and tennis.

Namibian Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, John Mutorwa was this week pleased with the future of the youth in Namibia and the whole of the SADC.

“The success of hosting these Games is actually and essentially the sacred responsibility of the whole nation of Namibia. If these Games succeed, as we hope they will, then the glory will not only come to the Local Organisation Committee (LOC) or the Ministry, but to the whole of Namibia and to SADC as well. The opposite is unfortunately also true,” Mutorwa said.

A number of local and international companies have come on board to offer sponsorship. The local companies are Bank Windhoek which made available R530 000 to cover the event on television and in the print media; Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) is assisting with volunteers kit as well as airtime to the value of R262 000 for the duration of the games; Coca-Cola will sponsor all the soft drinks during the competition while IWAY will run an Internet cafe at the Athletes village based at the University of Namibia campus as well as Internet access for the LOC.

Hotel Safari also came on board with discounted rates for all the Zone Six Ministers, who will attend the games as well as the Zonal Organizing Committee and match officials.

International sponsors include cellular network operator MTN, who have given R500 000, while South African Airways agreed on discounted rates for participants travelling from other countries.

Sportswear manufacturer, Puma will provide tracksuits to the officials.

According to Alliance Information and Research Manager Mphumelelo Makhubu,Swaziland Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (SOCGA) approved a staggering budget of over E730 000 for the Zone VI team. Swaziland has 78 athletes at this year’s Games.

Zambia is competing in all major Sports disciplines that include visually impaired athletics, boxing, tennis, soccer, basketball.

June 2006
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