REPUBLICAN Vice-President Guy Scott has expressed happiness at Zambia's preparedness to host the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Games that start today, but bemoaned the "11th hour" work attitude.
Scott, who toured the Games Village at the University of Zambia (UNZA) yesterday, expressed happiness at the works done but was unhappy with the culture of doing things at the last minute.
The Vice-President was accompanied by Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and his deputy Nathaniel Mubukwanu, Sports Permanent Secretary Agnes Musunga, UNZA vice-chancellor, Stephen Simukanga and some Government officials.
Scott, in an interview after the tour said the culture of wanting to do things at the last minute should be discouraged.
"What would have happened if the Games were to be held today? I don't know why we always have to wait until the last minute. But I am happy that the athletes that will arrive today (yesterday) will have a meal and a bed to sleep on," he said.
Scott said he was impressed with the works done on the hostels and the cafeteria which is expected to feed close to 1,500 athletes and officials, with Mulungushi International Conference Centre doing the catering.
He was glad to hear that the university has about 2,000 bed spaces which he said were more than enough to cater for the nine visiting teams.
Workers at UNZA were found making final touches to the hostels and removing litter left after the massive renovations done.
And Scott has urged Zambian athletes to aspire for international accolades with the Zone Six Games providing the starting platform.
Scott said following the dismal performance by Zambian athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, there was need for athletes to perform well during the Zone Six Games and start attaining international standards.
The 2012 SCSA Zone Six Games would be held under the theme 'Sport the Rhythm of our Nations', which would feature eight sports disciplines namely, athletics, including for the visually impaired, boxing, basketball, tennis, football, netball, swimming and judo.
Nkoloma Stadium would, apart from hosting the official opening and closing ceremonies, host men's football with Sunset Stadium being the venue for women's football.
The National Sports Development Centre would play host to tennis, netball and boxing as athletics, swimming and basketball would be at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.
Judo would be held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.