Innocent Kurira, sports journalist
The HOUSE of Champions Athletics Club will hold its first-ever athletics meeting at White City Stadium on September 24 with athletes from across the country set to be part of the event.
The club is the brainchild of former triple jumper and trainer Presley Mabhena. The idea behind the creation of this academy is to nurture and prepare talents and expose them to the competitive world.
The academy was established a few years ago and has seen its programs hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, things are gearing up now with the organization of their first track and field event.
Registration for the competition is now open with an entry fee set at US$1 or $1,000 per athlete for Cadets, Youth and Juniors and US$2 or $2,000 per event per athlete for seniors US$3 or $3,000 per relay team.
The events offered are: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, Long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin, Hammer throw mixed relay 4x100m, mixed relay 4x400m.
Registration will be closed on September 22 at the close of business. No entries will be accepted on the day of the competition.
Bulawayo (Bab) Athletics Council Chairman Watson Madanyika said: “We are really looking forward to this event. Although most athletes are out of season, we are still expecting a large number of participants. Already a number of clubs across the country have expressed interest and will be available to compete. »
Bab finished their athletics events in July and hopes to have a full schedule next year which will see them start running road races again which have been in short supply since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Major marathon events that did not take place this year include the Old Mutual Nkulumane Half Marathon and the PPC Matopos Ultra Marathon which was scheduled for April.
According to Calendar Bab, the remaining road races scheduled for this year include the Rail Trail Marathon, the Hope Fountain 30km road race and the Liquor Hub 10km race scheduled for December.
Bab lamented the post-Covid-19 effects for not having their normal long-range events. — @innocentskizoe