ACTING director of sport Bessie Chelemu says Government has embarked on a programme to refurbish various sports infrastructure across the country to enable Zambia host many international tournaments.
Chelemu said this when she opened the Zone Six World Cup women qualifying tournament at National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) in Lusaka yesterday.
She said Government is working closely with various sports associations in the hosting of international events.
“Please do not turn down our request as Government intends to work more closely with sports associations in the hosting of such events. I thus plead that you give us a listening ear when we bid to host any event,” Chelemu said.
She urged all participating teams to put in their best and make the tournament interesting.
Chelemu said Government is happy that the Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) has been given the mandate to host such a big event.
“As you may be aware, Zambia has not hosted such a big tournament in a very long time and as such we are delighted that the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVA) saw it fit to nominate Zambia to host this tournament,” she said.
And ZAVA president Gabriel Muyinda said it is a privilege for Zambia to host the 2014 Women’s World Cup.
Muyinda said ZAVA is proud that CAVA decided to award Zambia the right to host the international tournament that has attracted six countries.
The countries are Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and hosts Zambia.
Muyinda appealed to volleyball fans to turn up in numbers and cheer the Zambian team.