The 2018 Gaborone Region 5 Youth Games Local Organising Committee has made calls towards the private sector to come on board to help them host memorable and successful games. Speaking at a press briefing on Friday LOC Chairman Labbeaus Peloewetse said their total budget is P55 million. Peloewetse said government has availed P26 million for the games and they are currently short of P16 million. He explained that other funds came in as part of registration fees by member countries. Peloewetse said the P26 million that government has availed will only go towards the preparations and not to the team. He called the private sector to come on board to help the LOC in any way they can. “For us to deliver successful games that we have promised we need to come together because alone we will not succeed. I, therefore, urge all stakeholders to come and help us to ensure that our young athletes grow,” said Peloewetse.
He said they want the games to leave a lasting tangible legacy for Botswana. The country hosted a number of international and regional competitions and no major infrastructural legacy has been left after hosting such. This time around LOC chairman said they are looking to have the Botswana Netball Association courts turned into an indoor facility for the coming games that will be held from in December 2018. He said this legacy project is estimated to cost around P15 million. The AUSC Region 5 CEO Stanley Mutoya said they are currently happy with the way preparations for the games are going. Mutoya said they are happy with the facilities that will be used. “We have already done facility inspections and have identified which ones will be used. We are happy with the facilities but some work needs to be done such as rehabilitating some of these facilities,” he said. Mutoya commended the LOC for the work they are doing and thanked the government of Botswana for the commitment of developing young talent by hosting the games.