The Matabeleland South Provincial Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) has resumed fundraising for the National Youth and Paralympic Games to ensure all sport codes are represented in the annual event.
The games were postponed to December and this has given Matabeleland South province a window of opportunity to raise the $74 000 required for their full participation in games.
SRC Provincial Coordinator for Matabeleland South, Lifa Mpofu said prior to the postponement of the games, the province was going to be represented in four out of 12 sport codes as the committee had only managed to raise $2500.
“Due to lack of funds, we had taken 29 athletes to Gweru who were going to represent us in athletics, boxing and cricket.
However, if we manage to raise the $74 000 required the province will be able to take about 300 athletes to the youth games,” said Mpofu.
An appeal has been made for the corporate world to support team Matabeleland South by ensuring that the required funds are raised before December.
“It is our hope that we will be able to raise the money that is required. I therefore appeal to the corporate world to assist our athletes so that they can be exposed to such a high level tournament,”said Mpofu.
In 2015, team Matabeleland South was sent packing in Mutare after it failed to pay affiliation fees for its athletes.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation conceded that there is need to come up with more effective and reliable means of raising funds for the games so that the province is not found wanting.