Government has constituted a technical committee to
spearhead preparations for the All Africa Games to be hosted by Zambia in 2011.
The committee led by Sports, Youth and Child Development Permanent Secretary Bob Samakai, has since identified four learning institutions to be sports villages during the event.
The institutions include Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, the National Resources Development College (NRDC), the University of Zambia (UNZA) and David Kaunda Technical High School.
Speaking to Journalists after a conducted inspection tour of the UNZA’s Great East
Road campus, Samakai said the institutions would be used to accommodate the expected thousands of international athletes and officials.
Samakai added that some of the sports villages would also be used as training areas for the international athletes.
He said the ultra modern stadium under construction in Ndola would be the venue for all football matches while other games like athletics, basketball, rugby and handball would be held at the Independence Stadium and the National Olympics Complex, off Kabwe road.
He explained that the ultra modern stadium in Ndola would have an estimated sitting capacity of 45, 000.
During todayâ€™s tour of the university campus, the technical committee visited some student hostels such as the International Hostel commonly known as ‘the ruins’ and October hostels.
After visiting the hostels, the Permanent Secretary said the University
and other institutions were going to benefit from government plan to turn them in to sports villages.
He said rehabilitations work and construction works would be carried out at all institutions identified as sports villages.
The Permanent Secretary was accompanied by other senior officials who included his Director for Child Affairs John Zulu, ,National Sports Development Council of Zambia (NSDZ) Acting General Secretary Benson Kapaya and National Olympics Committee of Zambia ( NOCZ) Treasurer Kephas Sanga.
Dean of Students Hector Chibobola and his team were also part of the entourage.
Chibobola commended overnment for the visit saying the gesture was a guarantee of
improved standards at the university.