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NAAZ to establish satellite training centres

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National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president Joseph Mungwari has said that there were plans to establish more satellite centres in the country so as to promote the development of the sport.

Mungwari told NewsDay Sport on Tuesday that the association was planning to have more satellite centres throughout the country. “We want to strategically position satellite centres. This will help in developing athletics in Zimbabwe.

“Our vision is to change athletics in Zimbabwe. We are looking at having the centres at remote schools and in mission schools. We want them dotted around at strategic points,’ he said.

He said there were also planning to have international training courses for coaches who would be deployed to the training centres.

“Our target group is an international course for 24 people who will be trained and given international certificates before we put them in most satellite centres,” he said.

Mungwari said they were hoping the satellite centres would play an active part in the development of the sport.

“Our intention is to have the satellite centres which will be a hive of activity. We want the satellite centres to be very functional. This will be a very ambitious programme but it is attainable,” he said.

Mungwari also spoke about lack of sponsorship which he said was affecting the sport.

“Resources are not coming our way. Athletics depended on the mining industry. Some mines have closed and this has affected us because these mines were supporting the sport,” he said.

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