World qual­i­fi­ca­tion waiver for Zim wrestlers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Te­dious Manyepo Harare Bureau

ZIM­BABWE wrestlers who will com­pete at the an­nual African Wrestling cham­pi­onships sched­uled for Mo­rocco in March next year will au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the sub­se­quent World Cham­pi­onships to be staged in France five months later.

Nor­mally, fight­ers who win medals dur­ing the African cham­pi­onships are the only ones who pro­ceed to the World Cham­pi­onships.

But Zim­bab­wean con­tes­tants will only need to be part and par­cel of the wrestling fi­esta in Mo­rocco to book their ticket to France af­ter the coun­try’s wrestling mother body, the Zim­babwe Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion, was re­warded for “ex­cep­tional pre­sen­ta­tion on ju­nior wrestling devel­op­ment” at the United World Wrestling congress in France last month.

ZWF sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tapiwa Masinire con­firmed the devel­op­ment and said his or­gan­i­sa­tion will pull out all the stops to en­sure that the coun­try is well rep­re­sented at the world stage.

“I can con­firm that Zim­babwe wrestlers have been given a World Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fi­ca­tion bye.

“In­stead of hav­ing to win a medal at the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onships, wrestlers from Zim­babwe will just have to con­test as par­tic­i­pa­tion is now the only re­quire­ment for them to com­pete in France.

“The waiver was pro­posed by the United World Wrestling gen­eral assem­bly mem­ber Yadin Yasky of Turkey who felt that what the coun­try was do­ing in terms of pro­mot­ing wrestling was too good to ig­nore.

“She was duly sec­onded by her col­leagues. So we have to take ad­van­tage of the bye to send more par­tic­i­pants to the World Cham­pi­onships.

“How­ever, we will try by all means to send only com­pet­i­tive fight­ers to the tour­na­ment be­cause we will not want a sit­u­a­tion whereby we send a lot of wrestlers but few or none of them win medals for the coun­try,” said Masinire.

Zim­babwe have al­ready started pre­par­ing for the Mo­rocco games with Masinire say­ing they have lined up a lot of Open tour­na­ments be­fore the year comes to a close.

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