The curtain came down on the 15th edition of the Youth Education through Sports (YES) festival in Hwange with Mashonaland West province claiming the first position.
The games which saw more than 800 participants from the country’s 10 provinces take part were, however, characterised by numerous challenges mainly resource constraints.
Mashonaland West province claimed the overall first position after amassing the highest points of 1 900 with Bulawayo Metropolitan province in second position while the Midlands province was third.
Host province Matabeleland North finished 7th with Mashonaland East emerging the 2016 YES game’s’ worst performer after an overall point tally of 910.
Resource constraints disrupted the smooth flow of the games as provinces delayed paying affiliation fees while the government grant did not come through.
Speaking to ZBC, Sports and Recreation Commission provincial coordinator for Matabeleland North province Newman Masuku, however, insists that the games were a success under the current conditions but expressed concern that financial challenges had prevented them from paying allowances to the volunteers.
The mood of the games was also affected by the death of some officials in an accident that occurred in Norton last Thursday, while the weather conditions were also not conducive.
The games featured three disciplines soccer, netball and volley ball and were a precursor to the National Youth Games which will be held in the mining town in August next year.