TEN days before Zambia hosts the fifth edition of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games; the recently constructed Olympic Swimming Pool at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) will this morning be filled with water to test its capacity for use during the games.
And Chinese contractors working on the hostels at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road campus are on Monday expected to handover two refurbished hostels to the Government.
Zone Six local organising committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Bessie Chelemu confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the swimming pool will be filled to the brim today before finally being handed over to the Government next week.
Chelemu said the contractor on Thursday finished putting up the water tanks for filling up of the pool. Her committee was just waiting for verification from the Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU).
She said the contractors wanted to test the pool, and that they would allow athletes to swim in it to make sure the facility was up to internationally acceptable standards for competitions of the Zone Six magnitude.
Chelemu said the pool was a competition facility and that her committee was making sure it was properly worked on before the games.
"We are having the handover of the hostels on Monday next week; initially it was supposed to be done this week, but they brought it forward to next week.
"For the swimming pool, the water will be put in the pool tomorrow (today) to test if the pool is ready. We finished putting up the water tanks in readiness for filling up of the pool this weekend," said Chelemu.
Her committee was impressed with the works, saying that the access road that connects the Games Village to the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) had also been done and that works on the tennis courts have been completed.
The LOC chief said her team was ready to host the Games and the LOC was making final touches to ensure all was in place for the games that kick of on December 4-17 in Lusaka.
She was impressed with the progress Zambia has made so far towards hosting the games and was confident that the event will be successful.
Zambia will accommodate over 3,000 athletes from the 10-member countries that will participate in the Zone Six games.
Countries taking part in the games are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The sports disciplines being competed in are athletics, also for visually impaired, basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, tennis and swimming.
This is the first time Zambia will be hosting the games that have previously been hosted by Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.