Zim­babwe wrestlers for world cham­pi­onships

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

TWO Zim­bab­wean wrestlers will rep­re­sent the coun­try in the in­au­gu­ral World Pal­ha­vani Cham­pi­onships sched­uled for Min­ski, Be­larus, on Novem­ber 12.

The pal­ha­vian style is rel­a­tively new after it was in­cor­po­rated into the global wrestling regime some few years ago and the United World Wrestling is un­der­stood to be lob­by­ing for the style to be in­cluded in the Olympic Games.

The first step in try­ing to con­vince the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to ac­cept the style at the world’s big­gest sport­ing fi­esta is the hold­ing of the world cham­pi­onships.

And Zim­babwe, as one of the most ac­tive wrestling coun­tries in the world, have been in­vited to be part of the his­tor­i­cal tour­na­ment which is re­ported to have at­tracted more than 60 other na­tions.

Twenty-five-year-old Ad­mire Tag­wireyi of Black Rhi­nos and Zororo’s Pard­ing­ton Mashaire (Jnr) are the two wrestlers who have been sec­onded to fly high the Zim­bab­wean flag in Min­ski.

Zim­babwe Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tapiwa Masinire said his or­gan­i­sa­tion set­tled for the two as they are the best pal­ha­vani wrestlers in the coun­try.

“I can con­firm that we have been in­vited to take part in the first World Pal­ha­van Cham­pi­onships to take place in Min­ski, Be­larus.

“As a coun­try which has just in­tro­duced the style, we had to select the best in the cat­e­gory whom we are very sure will bring back medals for the coun­try.

“Mashaire is a tal­ented all-rounder and at 19, he still has a lot to of­fer.

“On the other hand, Tag­wireyi is very much sea­soned and we are all con­fi­dent he will live up to his billing,” said Masinire.

He said be­sides being a fighter, Tag­wireyi has also been sec­onded to at­tend a ref­eree’s course, a day after he com­petes in the ring.

The army man will also dou­ble as Mashaire’s coach at the tour­na­ment.

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