16 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Paralympic Preps At Advanced Stage

PREPARATIONS for the sixth edition of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games set for Gweru have now reached an advanced stage with the launch of the Games expected before the end of the month.

The Games have been slated for April 9-13 and the launch is scheduled to take place at the Fairmile Motel on January 29. The local organising committee in the Midlands, which is staging the Games, will host a fund-raising dinner dance.

Simon Masaka, the Sports Commission regional manager for the Southern Region, said they were expecting the provincial leadership and business community to attend the function.

"Since the induction of the Local Organising Committee some time last year in November by the Sports Commission, we have managed to draw up a budget of US$300 000 to support the Games' hosting process and therefore we are appealing for support in both cash and kind", said Masaka.

The Games will take place at different venues with athletics for the visually impaired, amputees and intellectually challenged being hosted at Chaplin High School.

Goal ball will be held at Mkoba Teachers College just like five-aside football for intellectually challenged while XI Aside Football for the Hearing Impaired will be at Mkoba Stadium.

Netball for the hearing impaired, wheel chair tennis and wheelchair basketball, will be at Chaplin.

Female athletes are set to be accommodated at Chaplin and Thornhill schools while the male athletes will be at Mkoba Teachers College and Nashville High School.

The affiliation fees have been pegged at US$50 per athlete.

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