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SPORT, Arts and Culture Minister Andrew Langa has called on the business community to play an active role towards the hosting of the Region V Youth Games.

Government has so far managed to raise US$2,5 million against a target of US$13,5 million for the Games set to take place in Bulawayo in December.

Langa said there were companies that have pledged to support the event, but were yet to honour their promises.

He said this when he was delivering his keynote address at the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games business meeting yesterday.

“While Government has committed US$9 million for infrastructure and US$4,5 million for operations towards the Games, to date only US$2,5 millions has been made available.

“Some corporates have made pledges for certain items. However, there remains several opportunities for support and partnerships to ensure success of the Games.

“We, therefore, calling for the business community to work together with Government for the success of these Games to be held in Bulawayo,” said Langa.

The Games will this year run under the theme “Reach for Greatness” and are expected to attract 3 000 athletes and officials.

This year’s edition of the Games is expected to be the biggest ever following the addition of five other countries that have never been part of the event.

The teams that have traditionally participated in the event are Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be part of the teams fighting for honours in the youth competition.

However, some investors were not pleased with the fact that the number of officials at the event will almost be twice that of the athletes.

“This is something that targets the youth and I feel that the number of officials is too high and there could be need to reduce their number so that the young fully benefit from the funds that would have been invested,” said one of the participants at the meeting.

Source : The Herald