GOVERNMENT has received a boost in its preparations for the African Union Sports Region Five Youth Games with the State reducing its initial budget after securing key partners who will assist the country to successfully host the event.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture official on Wednesday revealed that they had revised their budget for the Games from an initial US$46 million to US$16 million.
It was said that they had cut down on their proposed expenses after getting partners who have agreed to come on board.
"The initial budget to start with as I gave you when we spoke about these Games it was US$46 million but we have reduced it to US$16 million.
"Why we have reduced it because we now have friends, we now have partners that are coming on to these Games who will assist us in terms of constructing a village, the refurbishing of White City, Barboufields and so on. Zimbabwe will host the competitions, formerly known as Zone Six Under-20 Games from December 4 to 15 in Bulawayo. --The Herald.