THE Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) is scouting for KR75, 000 to successfully host this year's edition of the International swimming gala scheduled for April 25-28 at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.
ZASU president, David Thompson said during a Press briefing at the Lusaka Hotel yesterday that the union was still scouting for KR75, 000 to meet the KR320, 000 budgeted for the African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Zone Three and Four championship.
And Thompson explained that Zambia was expected to reap KR 1.5 million as revenue for hosting the international gala at the 90-day legacy swimming pool.
Thompson said the union was confident that it would raise the remaining amount before the championship, adding that his union was waiting for some companies that had shown commitment to come on board and help meet the shortfall.
"We still have a shortfall of KR75, 000 to meet our total budget of KR 320, 000. We are just waiting for one or two serious companies to come on board and help us scale down the shortfall," Thompson said.
The ZASU chief also announced that CANA chief executive officer Shaun Adriaanse and Confederation President Jac Naido and convener, Daphine Bird are expected in the country on April 24 to inspect the facility and oversee the proceedings of the championship.
Thompson said the preparations were progressing well and that the pool had already been tested to check the warming system since the competition would take place during the cold season.
He said ZASU had also finalised accommodation arrangements for the visiting teams at the Hotel InterContinental, but regretted the challenge of transport for swimmers during the competition.
He said the budget for transport was KR 220, 000 and appealed to the Government through the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) to help the union with the transport problem.
Zambia was expected to rake in KR 1.5 million revenue from the championship, adding that sport could positively earn foreign exchange for the country.
And SCZ board member Haroon Ghumra said the Government had constituted a tripartite committee comprising officials from the Ministry of Sport that would oversee the proceedings of the gala championship.
Ghumra said the Government attached great commitment to the tournament to be held successfully, adding the competition was of a greater magnitude, considering the large number of swimmers that were coming for the championship.
The countries expected to participate are Botswana with 35 swimmers and four officials, Namibia - 20 swimmers and three officials, Tanzania - 40 swimmers and eight officials Madagascar eight swimmers with no officials.
Uganda - 25 swimmers and five officials, Mozambique - 32 swimmers with five officials, Kenya - 24 swimmers and four officials, Malawi 30 swimmers and six officials, South Africa - 24 swimmers and four officials, Zimbabwe - 40 swimmers and four officials and hosts Zambia - 45 swimmers and 10 officials.