By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Barely hours after launching the 10th edition of the Region 5 youth games in the capital Lilongwe, on Saturday July 2, 2022 the organizing committee inspected sports facilities expected to host the games in December.
Stanley Mutoya, the Chief Executive Officer for Region 5 organizing committee, said they are impressed with the progress of projects and rehabilitations of the facilities.
Mutoya was speaking this after inspecting Griffin Saenda indoor Sports complex which is anticipated to host Volleyball, Netball,Aquatic Sports complex at Kamuzu Institute for Sports,Bingu National Stadium, Civo Stadium,Nalikule Education College which will be village for the athletes.
“First of all let me say as a regional committee we are happy with interest and support that is coming from our principals from ministries of Sports. The tour was meant for them to appreciate work done on the ground and secondly to see how they can help in mobilizing support towards the games.
“We are in a right track last time we toured Griffin Saenda and Aquatic complex more work was not yet started which this time we have seen shapes”,
“Would like to urge that we collectively quicken our steps particularly when we look at Civo Stadium both the football pitch and Basketball courts. We have to quicken so that they meet deadline and also in our accommodation.
“We have to quicken our steps in rehabilitation but all in all as region and after the tour the ministers had we have seen progress and maintaining the pace will help us to present the games in December “, explains Mutoya.
Mathortso Monaheng, Deputy Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Creation of the Kingdom of Lesotho who represented his Minister on the tour also said as Country Malawi is on the right track.
She has however advised principals in the country to engage other stakeholders and all Malawians if they are to meet deadline and present games in December.
“You could recall that from 3rd to 13th December 2021,we were hosting similar games in Maseru Lesotho,that is why yesterday we were handing over the TORCH from the Kingdom of Lesotho to Malawians,it was a long way to attain what we wanted.
“We were supposed to host the games in 2020 but due to impact of Covid-19 we failed to do so there was a huge work in preparing for the tournament but through our local and regional organizing committees we managed to host it but was not an easy journey,” he said.
“From what we have seen, Malawi is equally ready for the games but needs support all the way from bottom down. They have to dedicate themselves.
This is more than competition, you would see Lesotho doing it last year then why not Malawi”, says Monaheng.
In his remarks Chairperson for local organizing committee, Dennis Mombera, said are doing everything possible to meet the deadline.
He added before October when the region is expected to host trial games in the facilities everything will be in order.
Malawi is expected to host Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 games in December after given a second chance following their fuillure to host the same in 2003 under Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone VI.
Over 2000 athletes and officials from ten region 5 member countries and 5 non region SADC member states will gather for sporting experience.