National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president Tendai Tagara says the association has cleared more than 60 athletes to go and race in SA premier road race, the Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town at the weekend.
Tagara said it is essential for athletes competing outside to get clearance from the association and government through the Sport and Recreation Commission as a precaution in case of any eventuality.
Some of the country’s big name athletes are headed down South for the Two Oceans 56 km ultra marathon on Saturday, April 15 and Comrades ultra marathon later in June.
Tagara said Zimbabwean athletes have been a source of pride as they continue to dominate SA road races sponsored by financial services giant Old Mutual during the past few years.
He was speaking on the sidelines of an IAAF training workshop for coaches attended by 24 coaches from all the country’s provinces.
In March 2016, Mike Fokorani won the Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 33 seconds and finished fourth in the Comrades marathon.
Monica Kativhu, on 11th position was the first Zimbabwean woman home in one of the biggest and toughest races on the continent.
Some of the past winners include Stephen Muzhingi who won the Comrades marathon on three consecutive years from 2009-2011 and Cuthbert Nyasango.
Athletes competing outside the country are required to get clearance from the NAAZ and government through the SRC as a precaution in case of any eventuality.