By Patience Lephogole
With less than a month left before Botswana hosts the Region 5 Youth games, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) says they are finalising preparations for the region sporting showpiece. According to LOC chairperson, Labbeaus Peloewetse, preparations are going well and his committee will leave no stone unturned in its endeavors to bring memorable games to the country.
“A total of ten competition venues will be used for the games, which include three University of Botswana sports facilities, two Fairgrounds halls, Notwane Centre facilities, National stadium, Lekidi facilities, Molapo Piazza and newly constructed Jamal grounds in Tlokweng,” he said.
The games will feature nine core sports games being athletics, basketball, boxing, netball, football, judo, swimming, tennis and volleyball as well as a one Para sport.
“Preparation works at these venues are almost 100% complete, major works that are currently being completed include the national stadium track renovations, Notwane courts refurbishment, UB swimming pool pads replacement and Jamal grounds office and medical room construction,” he added.
In terms of security, LOC has engaged the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and other private security companies will ensure safety and security at all competition and non competition venues as well as providing escort to national teams.
“Volunteers are the key to success of any multi sports event; we have partnered with Sports Volunteers Movement (SVM) and they have recruited and trained 500 volunteers, 20 international and 480 local volunteers. They will deploy to provide a range of support services across all functional areas of the games,” he highlighted.
Peloewetse is adamant that the games will leave a long tangible legacy that will benefit the local sport beyond the games. “These will be in the form of equipment, new or refurbished ÔÇôplaying surfaces which will be used for future competitions,” said the LOC chairperson.
Moreover, he added that the Department of Broadcasting Services will be the host broadcaster airing the games on a live and near live basis.
In conclusion, Peloewetse called on LOC and secretariat members, volunteers and workforce, sport sector and every citizen to work together in hosting the best Region 5 Games ever.