When the Empire Games Committee consider the invitations for the venue of the 1966 Empire Games on the 24th November, on the of most tempting will be that from the City of Salisbury, capital of Southern Rhodesia and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
When the Empire Games Committee consider the invitations for the venue of the 1966 Empire Games on the 24th November, on the of most tempting will be that from the City of Salisbury, capital of Southern Rhodesia and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. As with most Rhodesian cities Salisbury with its 300,000 inhabitants of all races, provides plentifully with both stadia and accommodation. And most of the sports centres are within a mile of this the most modern and largest city in Africa, north of the Zambezi. By the end of 1963 in addition to the present ample sports grounds, a new National Sports Centre will be completed on 43 acres of land within a few hundred yards of the centre of the City.
The Vice Chairman of the National Sports Centre, Air Commodore Harold Hawkins was interviewed on this land by John Hooper.
SYNOPSIS: The Police Grounds have been used for quite a number of years. Most of the Cricket and Rugby matches take place here. There are also facilities for athletics and many other sports.
The University College of Rhodesia & Nyasaland provides yet another athletic track. The grounds will be developed to provide for other sporting activities.
Near the centre of the City, only one mile away at the end of Jameson Ave., one of the main thorough-fares - is the Glamis Stadium Athletic meetings at Glamis have drawn crowds of 12,000 in one day and would be 12,000 in one day and would be able to accommodate many more.
The City of Salisbury with a population of 300,000, is noted for many first class hotels. There are also a large number of well equipped boarding houses, in addition to this a number of School hotels, plus the residence at the University, all of which have to been offered to accommodate Empire Games competitors.
The new site for the National Sports Centre, covers 43 acres. Here, it is intended to provide an arena for boxing and wrestling to accommodate 10,000 spectators. A Centre Court for lawn tennis, stadia for cycling and athletics, association football ruby, hockey and cricket.
For people accommodated in the centre of the city it is only 10 minutes walk from the City centre.
In the city itself and around, there are a number of excellent bowling greens, for bowls is one of Rhodesia's most successful sports.
An Olympic standard swimming and diving pool is projected for the National Sports centre but in the centre of the city, the Les Brown Pool is also being extended and planned to be brought up to standard for Rhodesian Swimmers and divers who have already made their names in International competitions.
People of all races can mix freely in public places and all sporting functions. There are already many African athletes and sportsmen who take part in all sporting events in which Rhodesians are so rightly proud.