FORMER Sports Minister David Coltart has urged the people of Bulawayo to come out in full force and support Zimbabwean athletes who will take part in the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games scheduled for today at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
On his Facebook page, Coltart said he realised that Bulawayo will be left with a legacy of some fine sporting facilities when the Games end when he visited four of the Zone 6 Youth Games venues, namely BAC Tennis Courts, White City athletics track, White City netball courts and the Parirenyatwa Street pools.
Coltart said the tennis and netball courts were now ready; the pools will be ready before the swimming heats start on December 10. There remain, however, major challenges at White City athletics track as the tartan track is still being laid.
He also said that the German contractor responsible for laying the tartan track is going flat out now that the civil works are almost complete but this process normally takes three weeks to do. When complete, Bulawayo will have some magnificent state-of-the-art sporting facilities.
Coltart urged Bulawayo citizens to turn out in force to support our athletes as he is also a proud Zimbabwean and a citizen of Bulawayo who is proud of the youngsters who are competing.
Lastly, he said that it is also the responsibility of all Zimbabweans to make all the visiting teams and their supporters welcome.
Meanwhile, the official opening ceremony for the Games has now been set for tomorrow.
Coltart was instrumental in getting the sporting showcase to the City of Kings during his time as Sports Minister