Jairos Jiri Kadoma vic­to­ri­ous at Dan­hiko An­nual Par­a­lympic Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

JAIROS Jiri Kadoma emerged win­ners of this year’s Dan­hiko An­nual Par­a­lympic Games when they amassed 181 points to fin­ish on pole po­si­tion as the Games came to an end yes­ter­day.

The three-day event be­gan on Fri­day at Dan­hiko with more than 100 clubs, in­clud­ing a team from Zam­bia com­pet­ing in dif­fer­ent sport dis­ci­plines.

On sec­ond place was Henry Mur­ray, who came in as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons with 152 points while M Hugo High man­aged 149 points to take third po­si­tion.

Jairos Jiri Kadoma had most of their points com­ing from goal ball and for their ef­fort they pock­eted $400.

Guest of hon­our at the clos­ing cer­e­mony, Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter, Makhosini Hlong­wane paid trib­ute to the First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, the pa­tron of the Games for her con­tin­ued sup­port over the years.

“I am pro­foundly hon­oured and de­lighted to pre­side over the prize giv­ing and clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Dan­hiko An­nual Par­a­lympic Games.

“Be­fore go­ing any fur­ther, I would like to ex­press my sin­cere grat­i­tude and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the pa­tron of the Games, Her Ex­cel­lency Amai Dr Grace Mu­gabe for her im­mense and im­mea­sur­able con­tri­bu­tion to the suc­cess of th­ese Games that have be­come a ref­er­ence point on our sport­ing cal­en­dar.

“As the Min­istry of Sport and Recre­ation, we take pride in that th­ese Games have now be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture of our sport­ing life. This demon­strates the se­ri­ous­ness with which all the stake­hold­ers view th­ese Games,” said Hlong­wane.

Hlong­wane added that the ex­pe­ri­ences from this year’s event should come in handy in plan­ning for the next edi­tion.

“As we come to an end of th­ese Games, let’s not for­get that the Games are a part of a sus­tained and com­pre­hen­sive process and not stand-alone event.

“The event spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ences that we have curled from this edi­tion of the Games should in­form our fu­ture plan­ning tra­jec­tory to en­sure that th­ese Games are as­serted with ex­cel­lence,” Hlong­wane said.

Jairos Jiri Kadoma took the lead on Satur­day with 90 points while Henry Mur­ray had 72 points. M Hugo High were trail­ing with 57 points and the three teams main­tained their po­si­tions at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day.

Jairos Jiri Kadoma team man­ager, Tawanda Chip­wanya was pleased with his team’s suc­cess at the Games.

“We found the com­pe­ti­tion in­ter­est­ing and I ded­i­cate ev­ery­thing to the peo­ple I was work­ing with in pre­par­ing for the Games. I think we have done a very good thing to the Jairos Jiri as­so­ci­a­tion as a whole.

“We have done some­thing good and we will con­tinue work­ing hard al­though we have some fi­nan­cial chal­lenges we face. We had to make some sac­ri­fices to come here and we did our best. We have been work­ing hard and we thank the ath­letes for their com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” said Chip­wanya.

Team man­ager for Henry Mur­ray, Tabe Ng­warai said they had been beaten to the first po­si­tion by a good team.

“This year we had hear­ing im­paired ath­letes only, so we were field­ing our ath­letes in one sec­tion only. I think that is what af­fected us a lot but I am very happy as the team leader, we came sec­ond.

“We hope next year we will bounce back to first po­si­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion was a bit tough, ev­ery­one wanted to win, so they were all well pre­pared,” said Ng­warai.

Henry Mur­ray and M Hugo High, both from Masvingo walked away with $250 and $150 f o r com­ing sec­ond and third.

Makhosini Hlong­wane

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