In­vest in proper equip­ment, schools urged

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo, in Nyanga

WORLD Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) of­fi­cial Ni­cholas Mun­y­onga has en­cour­aged schools to in­vest in proper equip­ment to re­duce ca­su­al­ties as most ath­letes’ in­juries have been sus­tained at schools.

Ad­dress­ing 320 del­e­gates who at­tended the third edi­tion of the Sports Lead­ers In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe (SLIZ) in Nyanga, Mun­y­onga also en­cour­aged school train­ers to ap­ply cor­rect train­ing meth­ods so that they min­imise in­juries.

Mun­y­onga was pre­sent­ing a pa­per on dop­ing and sports in­jury.

Most of the del­e­gates who at­tended the sum­mer camp were from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Heads (NAPH), the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary Heads (NASH) as well as ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, who Mun­y­onga said are key in ath­letes’ de­vel­op­ment.

“The wor­ry­ing part is that most sports in­juries, some which have ended promis­ing ath­letes’ fu­ture, hap­pen at schools. There are a num­ber of things that can be done to min­imise in­juries. Key among rec­om­men­da­tions meant to pro­tect ath­letes in­clude med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions on ath­letes be­fore they start any sport­ing ac­tiv­ity, proper warm-up, ad­e­quate and cor­rect train­ing and nu­tri­tion,” said Mun­y­onga.

He said at times coaches tend to over­load ath­letes lead­ing to th­ese in­juries.

Mun­y­onga said in­vest­ing in equip­ment also covered pre­par­ing sports fields. The Na­tional Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (NAAZ) pres­i­dent Tendai Ta­gara also echoed Mun­y­onga’s sen­ti­ments.

“School heads and sports di­rec­tors please make sure that on the day schools open in Jan­uary the fields are ready and you start pre­par­ing for the athletics sea­son. If you de­lay start­ing your prepa­ra­tions there are risks that your ath­letes might suf­fer mus­cle strains when the go­ing gets tough,” said Ta­gara.

Mean­while, Mun­y­onga, who is also the Re­gional Anti-Dop­ing Agency (RADA) board chair­man, said a Zim­bab­wean doc­tor will to­day join nine other med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers from South­ern Africa who will be trained as dop­ing con­trol of­fi­cers at a three-day work­shop in Cape Town, South Africa.

“We are send­ing Dr Farai Muguwe, who was sec­onded by the Zim­babwe Olympic Com­mit­tee, to train as a dop­ing con­trol of­fi­cer in Cape Town where he will be joined by nine other doc­tors from South­ern Africa. Upon com­ple­tion of the train­ing, Muguwe will be able to train lo­cal anti-dop­ing of­fi­cers,” said Mun­y­onga. — @ZililoR

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