The City of Mutare is gearing up to hold the 13th edition of the Zimbabwe Youth Games August 15-23 with eleven teams comprising high school students from the country’s ten provinces as well as from neighboring Mozambique competing. The Youth Games comprise competitions in eight disciplines: soccer, athletics, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball (girls), boxing (boys) and tennis.
In 2014 Harare Province hosted and won the youth games with 40 medals (17 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze) with Masvingo in second (16 gold, seven silver and 12 bronze) and Bulawayo third (9 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze).
This will be the second time that Manicaland has hosted the events, which will take place at various venues around the city including Sakubva Stadium, Mutare Polytechnic, as well as Marymount and Hillcrest Teachers’ Colleges.
Meanwhile, National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) is preparing for the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA) ball games scheduled to take place immediately after youth games, August 26-30 in Bulawayo. Confirmed participating teams to date are Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and hosts Zimbabwe.
Last year Zimbabwe came second to Zambia with Botswana third in COSSASA ball games held in Lusaka. The competitions will used the refurbished AUSC Region 5 facilities and include five disciplines: tennis, basketball, football, netball (girls) and sevens rugby (boys).