EUGENIA Chidhakwa has been appointed the director of sport in the Sports, Arts and Culture ministry — a huge elevation and recognition for the former Zimbabwe Olympic Committee board member.
Chidhakwa, who is also a former president of the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa Zone VI Women and Sports Commission and College Sports director, will be the first to hold the post of director of sport in the Andrew Langa-led ministry.
She is a lecturer at Bindura University.
Her appointment has forced the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to reconstitute the management committee of Team Zimbabwe to the African Union Region V Under-20 Youth Games that will be held in Bulawayo this December.
She was the team chef de mission and her position in the Zone V management committee has been taken over by Sebastian Garikai who was formerly the deputy chef de mission technical.
Garikai has been replaced by Chiedza Mafunga.
SRC corporate communications manager Tirivashe Nheweyembwa has been appointed the deputy chef de mission administration.
Tonderai Vinyu, Janet Chingwena and Philistus Malija all from the SRC will take care of marketing, secretariat and finance respectively.
Garikai’s first major assignment will be attending the chef de missions two-day meeting which starts in Bulawayo today, which will culminate in the official launch on Saturday by Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
Nheweyembwa said preparations for the games are going on well and Team Zimbabwe is expected to participate in the upcoming National Youth Games which will run from August 16-23 in Masvingo as part of their training.
Teams that will be fielded include athletics, basketball, boxing, football, netball and tennis.
“This approach will allow the coaches to assess their teams and make adjustments where necessary. The coaches are allowed to make some changes and if it happens that some of the players who were picked during the selection process do not perform well. They will be dropped and replaced by better ones from the provincial teams, therefore, I would want to appeal to all the players across the provinces to come prepared as they may be picked to represent Zimbabwe,” Nheweyembwa said.