BY Richard Zimunya
THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) has unveiled Baldmin Holdings as its official sponsor for the 2022 National Junior Championships scheduled for the National Sports Stadium in Harare on April 30.
The annual boys and girls junior event is expected to attract athletes from the country’s 10 province.
NAAZ said the national championships would be used for scouting junior athletes to represent the country in international events.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Baldmin Holdings managing director Costar Takawira said his organisation was delighted to partner with NAAZ in developing athletics.
“I am a former athlete, I know how important junior athletics is. We believe if we develop more junior talent, we will have more top star athletes representing our country at continental and at world levels,” he said.
Baldmin Holdings and its Zimbabwean associates based in the United States have helped several athletes attain scholarships.
Faith Nyathi and Bradley Makuvire, who are part of Team Zimbabwe, are some of the beneficiaries.
Takawira added that his organisation’s partnership with NAAZ was meant to provide a spring board for athletes to reach their full potential.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee chief executive officer Stephen Mudawarima applauded Baldmin for their sponsorship.
“Normally, we usually have corporate sponsors coming on board two or three months prior to the Olympics, but I want to applaud these guys for coming at a time like this with their long-term sponsorship on junior athletes,” he said.
“Sponsorship is mainly needed now, especially at this stage so that more athletes are capacitated as it helps broaden our athletes’ qualification chances.”
NAAZ president Tendai Tagara welcomed the sponsorship.
“As an association, we welcome Baldmin and we are looking forward to working well together. We are happy to have this partnership,” he said.
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