ZSA re­ceive $600 soft­ball equip­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (ZSA) got a shot in the arm when a Ja­panese univer­sity, Son­oda Women’s Univer­sity, do­nated equip­ment worth $600 to be used for soft­ball devel­op­ment .

The con­sign­ment con­sisted of seven bats, eight gloves and 15 soft­ball balls and was handed at the week­end to ZSA in Harare.

The equip­ment, which was sourced through the Ja­panese In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA), saw Dan­hiko Project which houses learn­ers with dis­abil­i­ties, also re­ceiv­ing equip­ment.

ZSA pres­i­dent Stonard Map­fumo wel­comed the do­na­tion and as­sured the bene­fac­tors that the equip­ment would be put to good use.

“As an as­so­ci­a­tion we are grat­i­fied in re­ceiv­ing the equip­ment. We hope this part­ner­ship con­tin­ues so that you can as­sist us with avail­ing more equip­ment and hu­man cap­i­tal devel­op­ment as it is a ma­jor part of what makes the game played.

“The cost of a bat in Zim­babwe ranges be­tween $70 and $120 while a sin­gle glove costs be­tween $80 and $120.

“A team needs about 10 gloves which is way be­yond the reach of many or­di­nary play­ers who are also faced with other com­pet­ing vari­ables in their lives.

“There­fore, the do­na­tion is a wel­come devel­op­ment and we prom­ise to take good care of the equip­ment which will help tremen­dously in the devel­op­ment of the sport,” Map­fumo said.

Turn­ing to the do­na­tion made to­wards Dan­hiko, the ZSA pres­i­dent said the chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties will now be able to play soft­ball safely with equip­ment availed, thereby as­sist­ing in de­vel­op­ing young tal­ent.

Son­oda Women’s Univer­sity work­ing closely with Harare Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Grant Machik­iti fa­cil­i­tated the set­ting up of a drop box of soft­ball equip­ment at the cam­pus for use in Zim­babwe — @lavuzi­gara.

of the is­sues that con­tinue to hin­der the progress of sport.

The na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee strug­gled to send ath­letes to qual­i­fy­ing events, which saw some of their ath­letes miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to qual­ify for the Games.

“I think this is about re­sources es­pe­cially fi­nan­cial. We could have done more camps, train­ing and at­tend at least three qual­i­fiers.

“In the past there were clubs and that’s why El­liot Mu­jaji did well. The mines had some of the best clubs and were sup­port­ive and he was also a good ath­lete.

“Maybe now with the launch of the na­tional Sports and Re­cre­ation pol­icy some of the is­sues will be ad­dressed,” said Garaba.

Garaba is ex­pected to leave for Brazil this week to at­tend meet­ings be­ing held by the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee dur­ing these Games.

“My go­ing there is pri­mar­ily to at­tend IPC and APC meet­ings yet to be done. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to net­work, bench­mark our per­for­mance and share ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I think this plat­form is one of the great­est op­por­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare for the next Games be­cause you meet the IPC, APC and over 175 Na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tees and sport devel­op­ment arms in one place.

“We have al­ready started work­ing with Ja­pan Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee for Tokyo 2020 and they have in­vited ZNPC to a meet­ing in Rio,” said Garaba.

The cur­tain comes down on the Games on Sun­day and the team is ex­pected back in the coun­try next week.

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