Over 460 participants from across the country took part in the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) track and field event at the White City Stadium which will be used as part preparations for forthcoming competitions.
The well subscribed event saw participants among them cadets, youths, juniors and seniors tussling for recognition and fine tuning their skills for the many upcoming meets.
Athletics officials were ecstatic with the levels of performances adding it casts a bright future for Zimbabwe’s chances in the forth coming regional and international competitions.
Zimbabwe is looking forward to many athletics events such the JM Busha track and field championship set for Harare and Bulawayo, the Southern Region Senior championships billed for 9 to 11 June and the World Youth championships penciled for Kenya in July.
Clubs from Mutare, Victoria Falls, Bindura, Harare and Bulawayo braved the heat of the day to showcase some exciting performances which saw the likes of Wellington Warevi, ZRP Fairbridge’s Trust Chidomaya, Phathisa Ngwabi of Hwange Colliery and Tinashe Mapaya of Prince Edwards coming out among the best.
The event was also used as a qualifier for the ZITF Coca Cola 4 minute miler with Titus Nyathi of Bindura University of Science Education, Caliscious Moyo of lM Academy and the Sparrows pair of Thando Maphosa and Ammon Moyo making it through to the semi finals set for the 28th of April where they will square off with the trio of Trust Chadomaya, Dumo Mkhwananzi and Willard Mutasa.
The hosting of the event and the huge turnout by the fans was testimony of the legacy left behind by the hosting of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games which resulted in the refurbishment of White City Stadium.