Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Hon. Kirsty Coventry

The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Honourable Kirsty Coventry says government is partnering the private sector to mobilise resources for all national teams.

Minister Coventry said this while welcoming team Zimbabwe from the Region 5 Youth Games held in Botswana where it amassed a total of 51 medals, 9 gold, 13 silvers and 29 bronze.

Team Zimbabwe came 5th at the just ended Region 5 Youth Games held in Botswana where the Zimbabwe had to send in a limited squad owing to resource constraints.

Minister Coventry said the team performed remarkably well given the challenges currently crippling national teams, adding government is joining forces with the private sector to help sponsor national teams.

“Government is committed on the issue of resource mobilisation and going forward, we are currently engaging the private sector to partner so that our teams are well-resourced,” said Minister Coventry.

Team Zimbabwe General Manager Shadreck Chatunga said the 63 athletes had limited time to prepare which worked against the squad.

“We went with 63 participants and they are played well since we only had three preparatory days before we went to Botswana,” Chatunga said.

Athletics dominated the gold medal haul for Zimbabwe amassing 8 while tennis had one courtesy of Mehluli Sibanda.

Zimbabwe participated in women football, tennis, netball, swimming and athletics.

Neighbours South Africa emerged regional champions after obtaining 70 medals, followed by Angola who had 15 gold, Botswana came third with 12 and Zambia was fourth.