Pris­ons games to se­lect Team Zim for Sadc Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Sports Week cur­rently un­der­way in Bulawayo and Ntabazin­duna will be used to se­lect a team that will rep­re­sent the coun­try in the Sadc Games next year.

South­ern African coun­tries will meet in Au­gust for the Sadc Pris­ons, Pen­i­ten­tiary, Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Sports and Cul­tural Ex­change Games. The host coun­try is yet to be an­nounced.

An av­er­age of 120 ath­letes is rep­re­sent­ing each of the coun­try’s five ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions, Matabeleland, Mashona­land, Man­i­ca­land, Mid­lands/Masvingo and Na­tional Head­quar­ters in 10 sport­ing dis­ci­plines.

Golfers that in­clude the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Paradzai Zi­mondi will tee off at the Harry Allen Golf Club on Fri­day, while ten­nis is be­ing played at the Bulawayo Ath­letic Club.

Eight other codes foot­ball, netball, vol­ley­ball, chess, darts, pool, tug of war and ath­let­ics are be­ing staged in Ntabazin­duna.

Act­ing pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the ZPCS Priscilla Mthembu said se­lec­tion pan­els com­pris­ing three tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists in each dis­ci­pline will se­lect out­stand­ing ath­letes that will make up Team Zim­babwe. The games in­volve prison of­fi­cers and not pris­on­ers. “We de­lib­er­ately left out ath­letes who com­pete in pro­fes­sional teams such as Whawha FC, netball play­ers who play in the na­tional league and other big names in ath­let­ics to give a chance to prison of­fi­cers to take part in the games that aim to main­tain a healthy ser­vice through sport and pro­mote in­ter­ac­tion amongst par­tic­i­pants,” said Mthembu.

“A team of tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists will se­lect a team of about 100 ath­letes that will rep­re­sent the coun­try in next year’s Sadc Games. We last held the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Sports Week in 2012 due to the hard eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment but we man­aged to get spon­sors this year,” said Mthembu. Sadc Games were held in Botswana last year. Nyaradzo and Moon­light Fu­neral Ser­vices to­gether with GTel are the prin­ci­pal spon­sors of this year’s edi­tion, while the gov­ern­ment also chipped in with some of the fund­ing.

The lo­cal games, which started on Mon­day and end on Satur­day, are run­ning un­der the theme “Cor­rect, em­power and de­velop through sport”.

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