THE National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) has presented a proposed budget of more than K400 million to the Government for the September All-Africa Games in Mozambique.
Zambia is planning to send a 41-member contingent of athletes to Maputo for the 10th edition of the Pan-African Games scheduled to take place from September 3-18.
According to Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development sources in Lusaka, the NOCZ has sent a proposed budget of K467 million for the Maputo Games to be contested by 48 nations.
The sources said the NOCZ had already submitted the budget to the ministry and was just awaiting the Government’s approval.
NOCZ secretary general, Hazel Kennedy refused to be drawn into discussing the budget and referred all queries to the Ministry of Sport.
Zambia will be represented at the Games in eight of the 23 sports disciplines that will be featured, two of which will also include disabled events (athletics and swimming).
“We’ve submitted our budget for the All-Africa Games to the Government. We are just waiting to hear from them before we announce the final list of athletes,” Kennedy said.
At the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algeria, Zambia sent a team of 81 athletes, who included footballers and the nation reaped 10 medals which included a boxing gold won by Hastings Bwalya.
But during the run-up to the 2011 edition, all Zambian team events failed to secure places in Maputo, leading to the reduction of the contingent.