VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has lamented the last-minute preparations for the Zone Six Game facilities.
Scott, who visited the refurbished Zone Six Athletes Village - UNZA Hostels - complained about the eleventh hour works on the games facilities and wondered what would have happened if the games had started yesterday.
He said he was not happy with the working culture of the organisers who waited until the last minute to prepare for the games that would see 13 countries take part in the Under-20 games.
Scott said he got a lot of text messages from people who wanted to find out the state of UNZA with regard to the Zone Six Games.
He stated that he was however happy that the teams arriving in the country yesterday would have bed space and food.
"What would have happened if the games were going to start today? Why do we always leave things up to the last minute? There is need for us to change this working culture of doing this on the 11th hour when we could have done these works a long time ago," lamented Scott.
Meanwhile, works at Nkoloma Stadium, the site for the official opening and closing ceremonies of the games have progressed.
A check at the stadium revealed that the changing, doping and dining rooms had been roofed and the ceiling was being laid.
Three of the four floodlight stands have already been installed while the perimeter to the pitch has been replaced with a new one.
The car park has been fenced with a wire boundary to restrict entry to the stadium.
And Ministry of Works and supply projects structural engineer Chimfwembe Mfula explained that the lighting system to the stadium and painting to the buildings at the site would be finished today.
Athletes from Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Seychelles Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate the games which end on December 17.
Meanwhile, Botswana Zone Six team arrived yesterday ahead of the games whose theme is "Sport the Rhythm for our nation".
And the Japanese Olympic Committee has donated 750 tracksuits and T-shirts to the Zambian team ahead of the Zone Six Games.
The kit which is intended to be used by Zambian athlets and officials who will take part in the Supreme Council for Sports In Africa Zone Six Games staring on Friday in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, sports minister Chishimba Kambwili has named the Swimming Pool at Olympic Youth Development Centre as the "Ninety days legacy Swimming Pool".
Kambwili has since ordered that the state-of-art facility which was handed over to the ministry by the contractors Sogecoa Zambia Limited be enclosed.
"Can you give us a breakdown on how much it's going to cost to roof the Swimming pool. We should do something on that dust coming from there. This state-of-art swimming pool has been built in exactly ninety days, no more, no less. And because it was built in exactly ninety days, we shall name it the Ninety-day legacy Swimming pool; so that is the official name of this Swimming pool," Kambwili said.
Thirteen countries are taking part in the games staring this Friday.
Athletes from Swaziland, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and the hosts Zambia.
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