By Irshaad Gangat
The Indigenous Games, comes to an end on Wednesday September 29 in its 15th year which is being hosted in Durban.
According to provincial spokesman for the department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Andile Nduna, the COVID 19, pandemic has brought about a few necessary changes to the provisions made for the traveling team of athletes, which included doctors, physiotherapist, paramedic and biokinetics.
He said the selected team of over 80 athletes, camped in Bizana for two days for Covid testing and training before departing for the national games.
“We last had these Games in 2019, due to strict Covid 19 adherence regulations, however, there could be no spectators,” Nduna said.
Over 900 participants from different parts of the country have gathered at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Howard College sports grounds for the 15th annual National Indigenous Games. The event was officially opened by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, on September 24.
On August 21 and 22, the Province had the Provincial Indigenous Games which was held in East London where #Team Eastern Cape was selected to represent the province in all 9 codes of the National Games which are; Puca, Drie Stokkies, Iintonga, Ugqaphu, Kho-Kho, Juskei, Ncuva, Morabaraba and Dibeke.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa highlighted that, “The Indigenous games Festival is part of our Active Nation programmes which supports mass participation in sport and recreation and forms part of our Annual Planned major events. One major objective of our Active Nations programme is to build social cohesion and we believe we can achieve that by understanding, preserving and celebrating our diverse heritage and culture. The Indigenous Games Festival is meant to celebrate and showcase our diverse culture and heritage as South Africa.”