Mashonaland West geared for Paralympic Games


A visit to this year’s Paralympic Games village in Chinhoyi on Tuesday revealed that Mashonaland West Province is more than ready to host this year’s edition.

The fourth edition of the four-day tournament will run from April 7-11 and the games ceremony will be held next Monday.

Vice-President Joyce Mujuru will grace the occasion as the guest of honour, an official said.

Chinhoyi High School has been identified as the command centre as well as the Games village.

There are number of sporting facilities that have been earmarked to host different sporting events that will be held this year.

Sporting facilities hosting wheelchair events have ramps already installed to make them wheelchair-friendly participants.

Reigning champions Masvingo Province will be looking forward to defending the title they won last year.

Sports and Recreation Commission co-coordinator of the Games Martin Dururu gave the thumbs-up to the local organising committee for a job well done.

“I can confirm that all has been done, all the venues that needed ramps have been sorted out. I salute all the local organising committee members who have managed to make this event a success with the assistance of SRC and other stakeholders. So let the games begin,” Dururu said.

Sporting events that will be competed for this year include athletics for the hearing-impaired, athletics for the visually-impaired, wheelchair tennis and basketball, netball for the hearing-impaired and five-a-side football.

Match venues will include Chinhoyi High which hosts netball, tennis, wheelchair basketball and five–a-side football.

Chinhoyi University hosts football for the intellectually-challenged and hearing-impaired and goalball while Chinhoyi Stadium hosts 11-a-side football and netball.

Only five provinces managed to register for wheelchair basketball as other provinces failed to secure wheelchairs.

The Paralympics Games are a platform for handicapped athletes take to the field of play in different sporting events representing their provinces. The games were launched in 2008.