ELEVEN days before Zambia hosts the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games, basketball and boxing coaches have complained of lack of proper training equipment.
This came to light when Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) board members toured the swimming pool at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) where the national under-20 teams are training from.
Basketball coach, Cuthbert Tembo alleged that the new balls that were bought for the games were still being kept at the Ministry of Sport instead of giving the teams to use during training, saying it was difficult in basketball to use new balls, but used ones.
Boxing manager Gibson Kasonde said the issue of lack of training equipment has been on-going and feared that it might affect the performance of athletes during the games."It's like all sporting disciplines do not have the equipment. The Paralympics have no wheelchairs, boxers have not pads and scale and I am afraid this can affect the performance of the athletes," Kasonde said.
SCZ vice-chairperson Mwamba Kalenga who led the entourage said the equipment would be released before the games start as it was every Zambian's wish to see the athletes haul as many medals as possible and urged athletes to repay Government's gesture by winning medals.
"Government has invested a lot in camping you and hosting of these games and it would be important that you repay by winning medals during the games," Kalenga said as he addressed athletes earlier.
Kalenga was in the company of other board members who included Smart Mwitwa, Elliot Mhende, Max Sichula, newly appointed member Haroon Ghumra, Annie Mwape and general secretary Mann Muchimba.