All set for cross country championships

All roads will this weekend lead to Morris Depot in Harare, where the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) is set to host the National Cross Country Championships.


The national athletics body is set to select six senior athletes – three from both male and female categories – that will represent Zimbabwe at the prestigious Africa Cross Country Championships to be held in Cameroon on March 12 this year.

On Sunday, there will be the men’s 12km and junior male 8km races, with senior women competing over the same distance while junior females are set for a 6km race.

The country’s 10 provinces have already selected their teams ahead of the championships, where seasoned athletes like Olivia Chitate, Constance Nyasango and Munyaradzi Jari are expected to compete for the top prize.


In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Naaz president, Tendai Tagara said they were expecting tough competition at the event, before adding that they will not be sending junior athletes to the Africa Cross Country Championships in Cameroon due to financial constraints.

“We are going to have the national cross country this Sunday at Morris Depot in Harare. We are hoping that the championships are going to be a success, we are expecting athletes from all the country’s provinces to participate,’’ he said.

‘’We are going to select six athletes who will represent the country at the Africa Cross Country Championships in Yaonde, Cameroon, in March this year. We are going to select three top athletes in the male and female categories, respectively, but we are not going to select athletes in the junior category because of financial problems we are facing.’’

Some of the athletes expected to take part in the event are battle-hardened Cuthbert Nyasango, Jonathan Chinyoka, Phathisa Ngwabi, Faith Nyasango and Elijah Mabhunu, among other athletes.

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