Districts go to battle for Indigenous Games title

2010-08-11 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Sports and Recreation Department will hold the sixth annual Indigenous Games on Saturday at the Kandahar sports grounds in Ladysmith.

The official opening will be held on Friday.

The Uthukela District will play host to this year’s provincial games.

The department said in a statement the Indigenous Games Festival is one of its flagship programmes and it forms part of the African Renaissance initiatives.

The games that are included in the programme are khokho, dibeke, ama­genda, umlabalaba, inqathu, induku, incuva and jukskei.

Almost 1 000 participants are expected from all 10 district municipalities in the province, including reigning champions Ethekwini Metro.

Participants will compete to be the top three best performing districts.

According to the statement, Ethekwini have won the title on more than one occasion and it is not going to be an easy task to dethrone them

“The government is very excited with the revived popularity and interest in this … almost extinct form of sport, although it has been part of many of us as young people, across all cultural groups.

Said the MEC for Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, “KZN is positioning itself as the number one sporting province and the home of indigenous games.

“Our vision is to preserve, promote and develop these games and build them as future games.”

September is National Heritage Month, and the games are timed to produce a team that will represent the province in the national Indigenous Games Festival to be held in September.

The province successfully hosted to the national games last year.

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