South­ern re­gion set to re­vive wheel­chair bas­ket­ball

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE south­ern re­gion is on the verge of re­viv­ing wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, with for­mer play­ers set to meet at Free­dom House on Sun­day to cre­ate a new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee that will rep­re­sent them at na­tional level.

“This is one of the moves we are mak­ing to bring the game back to life. We are ap­peal­ing to all ath­letes in­ter­ested in bas­ket­ball to meet so that we se­lect a new ex­ec­u­tive.

“As the dis­abled so­ci­ety, we should be united for our sport to be just like any other sport,” said for­mer na­tional wheel­chair bas­ket­ball pres­i­dent Wal­ter Ndlovu.

“We want to se­lect the best can­di­dates, who are knowl­edge­able in wheel­chair bas­ket­ball and will help to de­velop the sport in the coun­try. After the com­mit­tee has been se­lected, we are go­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with Harare so that we cre­ate one strong na­tional body,” he said.

Ndlovu said as­pir­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers must have at least five years ex­pe­ri­ence in the sport and be able to op­er­ate with­out any bias.

Zim­babwe was once a su­per­power in wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, with the se­nior men’s team ranked fourth in Africa, while the ju­nior men’s team was ranked third.

The sport has col­lapsed and there is no run­ning wheel­chair bas­ket­ball league — @khumza­llen.

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