Zimbabwe Prisons Correctional Service gave a send-off to the sports team for the Southern African Corrections Prisons Penitentiary Services Sports and Culture games in Pretoria, South Africa from August 13 to 19.
Seven disciplines which include football, netball, tug of war, darts, chess, pool, golf, and volleyball will be involved at this year’s games.
The games are in their third edition with Zimbabwe taking part in both previous campaigns in 2006 and 2015.
The games had a long hiatus due to a number of challenges including the Covid 19 pandemic and they were rescheduled for a later date.
Chairperson for the ZPCS sports Alvord Gapare said they are looking forward to carrying on with their success stories after dominating the previous editions.
“This is going to be our third participation in the country. We have been the best team in terms of the accumulation of medals won.
“So we hope we are going to remain on top of the situation as the best team in the SADC region.
“For our players, it’s an opportunity for them to go and meet the other officers from other countries and learn one or two things.
Football team coach, Luke Petros said the games are going to give the guys a new avenue to exploit international exposure.
“This is very important for the boys who are set to have a feel of the international stage. They will go there and learn one or two things that will help them grow their game.
“As a team, we are prepared and ready to go and perform to our best possibilities as a token of appreciation to all those who have supported us through the way.”