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Team SA’s start to Region 5 Games is delayed
- Updated: December 4, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Both the official opening and the start of some competitions at the African Region 5 Under-20 Games here have been delayed.
The Games were supposed to feature the opening ceremony on Friday but this has been moved to Sunday. Some of the eight sporting codes have also featured delays due to the preparation of facilities having been delayed.
Regional organising committee secretary-general Mvuzo Mbebe has confirmed these delays at a press conference in the city.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was supposed to attend the opening ceremony on Friday but had been delayed by business at the ruling party’s congress in Harare.
Football was supposed to start on Thursday but will now start on Friday.
Delays for the basketball code have been due to playing equipment being delayed at the docks in Durban. Basketball was due to start on Friday but officials are expected to start work on the courts on Saturday morning.
The White City athletics venue is also yet to be completed and ready for competition on Monday instead of Saturday as scheduled.
Codes where venues are ready for competition are aquatics (Bulawayo Pool), boxing (Large City Hall), judo (ZITF Hall), netball (Large City Hall) and tennis (Bulawayo Athletic Club).
It appears though, that judo, instead of being played on Sunday and Monday, will now be condensed into one day of competition.
The Region 5 Games are expected to be contested by 12 countries: host nation Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
Picture of Team South Africa by Wessel Oosthuizen/Saspa