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Team Namibia arrived in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Tuesday afternoon ahead of its participation in the Under-20 Zone Six Youth Games, which kicks off on Thursday.

The 125-g team departed from Namibia on Sunday for the 2014 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA)-run games set to end on 14 December.

Namibia will compete in football (men and women), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming, basketball, and tennis.

The team also includes Paralympic athletes.

The Namibian team spent a day in Maun, Botswana, due to their accommodation fee for the athletes’ village in Bulawayo not having been paid on time.

Team Namibia officials told Nampa that the fee had indeed been paid, but the Zone Six local organising committee (LOC) still did not want to allow Namibia entry to the athletes’ village.

The officials said they presented the LOC with deposit receipts of the payment made, but still they refused them entry.

The team then stayed in Botswana for the whole of Monday and only drove into Zimbabwe on Tuesday afternoon when the payment reflected into the LOC’s bank account.

Despite the glitches, the athletes were in high spirits when they arrived at the Plumtree border post, some 100 kilometres from Bulawayo, where members of the LOC and a Police escort awaited them to accompany them to the accreditation centre in Bulawayo.

The athletes started training on Tuesday afternoon.

The Angolan team also arrived on Tuesday.

Namibia ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia in 2012. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian

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