Wrestlers to at­tend work­shop in Morocco

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

THE Zim­babwe Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion (ZWF) will at­tend a strate­gic work­shop in Morocco to­mor­row which will, among other things, seek to mon­i­tor progress on the United World Wrestling (UWW) strate­gic plan adopted in 2013. The work­shop will run con­cur­rently with UWW Africa congress where elec­tions to choose a new ex­ec­u­tive to run the af­fairs of Africa will be elected as well as the African Cham­pi­onships.

ZWF has thrown its weight be­hind in­cum­bent Foud Mask­out, who is also pres­i­dent of the Royal Moroc­can Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion.

Zim­babwe will, how­ever, not be rep­re­sented dur­ing the African Cham­pi­onships as the coun­try failed to se­cure air tick­ets for its wrestlers.

ZWF sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tapiwa Masinire said the work­shop will also ex­plore how na­tional wrestling fed­er­a­tions can be as­sisted in terms of fund­ing to grow the sport.

“The work­shop will be an op­por­tu­nity for na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions to bring to the fore the chal­lenges they are fac­ing so that they get fund­ing. UWW has put new guide­lines on how as­so­ci­a­tions can ac­cess grants for de­vel­op­men­tal pur­poses,” said Masinire.

“There will also be de­lib­er­a­tions and up­dates on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UWW strate­gic plan, which came into force in 2013. There will be feed­back re­ports from na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions on how far they have gone in im­ple­ment­ing the strate­gic plan,” he said.

Masinire said lo­cal wrestlers who will miss out at the African Wrestling Chapm­pi­onships will, how­ever, get a chance to par­tic­i­pate in the Pal­ha­vani World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Azer­bai­jani from May 17-24.

Pal­ha­vani is an Ira­nian wrestling style, which was in­cor­po­rated into UWW styles last year when the in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­onships were held in Be­larus.

Three wrestlers, Tapiwa Mukoni, Ad­mire Tag­wirei and vet­eran Her­bert Muriri, will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the cham­pi­onships. — @lavuzi­gara1

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