ZSA receive $600 softball equipment
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.