The fourth edition of the Local Authorities and Health Inter Sports Association (LAHISA) Games got under way in Francistown on Wednesday.
The five-day sporting spectacle will see over 1, 200 athletes battle it out across seven sports codes.
Though cash strapped, the association are adamant the games will be a success and generate spin offs to the value of P3 million for the city’s business community.
Speaking during the launch, the association’s President, Kagiso Keitumise revealed 20 affiliate teams are expected to descend on the second city for the event.
“We have teams from the Ministries of Local Government, Health and Lands. The codes these sportsmen will be competing in are: football, netball, volleyball, darts, pool, table tennis and chess,” explained Keitumetse.
Over the next five days, the games will be played at various sports venues around the city.
“Indoor games will be held at Donga barracks, while we will also use FCTVE and other venues,” continued the President, who further disclosed the association will use the games to select a delegation to represent Botswana at the Southern Africa Inter Municipalities Sports Associations (SAIMSA) games, to be held in Lusaka, Zambia from 22-28 September.
Participating countries include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. Botswana is expected to host the regional competition in 2020.
The inaugural LAHISA Games were held in 2015 in Lobatse, with government sponsoring the event to the tune of P270, 000.
The main thrust of the games is to promote a healthy lifestyle and unite public sector employees in order for the workforce to be healthy and ultimately deliver improved service.