Patrick Mushunje, Sports Reporter
THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe president, Tendai Tagara praised all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe for their huge turn up at the first day of the NAAZ inter-provincial track and field championships at White City Stadium yesterday.
Tagara said he was impressed by the number of athletes that were registered in this year’s campaign and encouraged the provinces to continue bringing more athletes as it offers them a chance to be exposed.
“I am highly delighted by the number of athletes that were brought by the provinces, it shows that we are moving in the right direction as an association and l would also like to encourage the provinces to continue doing the great work,” he said.
Harare got off to a good start at the event which ends today as they topped the medal table by recording three gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze while Matabeleland South were in position two with two gold medals and 1 silver. Hosts Bulawayo were fourth after recording one gold medal, four silver medals and two bronze medals.
The Bulawayo Athletics Board Chairperson Emmanuel Mpofu appreciated the works of the sponsors who funded the event and city residents who came in large numbers to support the championship
“I would like to give thanks to our sponsors for their great help towards making this event a success and also the people of Bulawayo for their support as they came to watch and cheer their respective provinces,’’ Mpofu said.
The finals of individual track and field events such as 100metres, 200metres, 400metres, discuss and triple jump are going to be held today. Selected athletes will represent Zimbabwe at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in August while the selected juniors are going to Finland for the World Junior Championships.