IN light of an outbreak of typhoid in Gweru a�� the host city of the Zimbabwe National Youth and Paralympic Games a�� the annual event has been postponed to December.
The games should have started on 15 to 28 August.
Teams that had already camped in the Midlands Province capital have been ordered to decamp immediately amid fears that athletes and officials could contract the disease.
Typhoid a�� a deadly waterborne disease a�� broke out in Gweru a fortnight ago.
a�?Following the outbreak of typhoid in Gweru, and the subsequent investigations by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, we have been in further consultations with the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for the Midlands Province, the Sports and Recreation Commission Board, the Local Organising Committee for the Games and other key stakeholders for guidance on how to proceed with the matter at hand.
a�?Resultantly, we regret to advise that the above captioned Games, which were scheduled to be hosted from 15-28 August 2018, have been postponed to December 2018,a�? said SRC acting director general Joseph Muchechetere.
He added that the action to postpone the games was necessitated by the need to avoid putting the lives of participating athletes and officials at risk of contracting typhoid.
a�?It is also in this regard that we wish to advise all provincial teams still in camp to decamp as a matter of urgency,a�? he said.