Athletes sleep on floor

HONE SIAME, Bulawayo
ZAMBIAN athletes on Wednesday spent the night on the floor due to the disorganisation that has characterised the 2014 African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games.
The athletes, who arrived in Bulawayo on Wednesday after enduring a long journey by road, are accommodated at Hillside Teachers’ College, which is the Games’ Village.
Team Zambia chef de mission Gibson Munyaule is saddened by the development.
Munyaule said that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) failed to secure bunk beds for the athletes.
Munyaule said last-minute preparations being undertaken by the LOC were not good for games of this magnitude.
He has urged Zambian athletes to remain focused.
“There is a lot of disorganisation here. Our athletes had to sleep on the floor because there were no bunk beds. We had to delay their coming by a day, hoping that they would secure the bunk beds in readiness to host the team, but to no avail.
“We don’t expect them to be preparing the Games Village now and working on other facilities like the White City Stadium that will host athletics,” Munyaule said.
His advance party was also stranded on Monday at Joshua Mqabuko Nkhomo International Airport for almost an hour as there were no officials to welcome them.
According to the visiting teams talked to here, the 2012 Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Under-20 Games Zambia hosted were the best and well-organised games so far.
The games running under the theme “Reach for Greatness” will end on December 14.

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