THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) is set to host its first track and field senior and junior championships of the year in Harare this Saturday.
The event will be used to select athletes who will represent the country at the Africa Junior Athletics Championships in Ethiopia in the first week of March and the Southern Region Senior Championships slated for South Africa later that month.
The national athletics governing body is inviting all athletes around the country from various institutions such as schools, colleges, universities and athletics clubs from the army, police force, among others.
Athletes from both female and male categories will participate in all sprint events (100m to 400m), middle-distance category (800 to 3 000m) and in field events.
In an interview with sister paper NewsDay Sport yesterday NAAZ president Tendai Tagara said they were expecting a big turnout.
“We are going to host our first track and field events of the year this Saturday in Harare at the National Sports Stadium B arena,” he said.
“This will be a senior and junior event and we are inviting every athlete around the country to participate, this event is open to everyone.”
“We are using four tournaments this year to select athletes who will represent Zimbabwe at the Africa Junior Championships in Ethiopia early in March.
“So far we have selected athletes who did well at the Youth Games in Bulawayo recently.
He added: “This weekend we are going to use the tournament to select athletes who will represent the county at the Southern Region Championships in South Africa also in March. So we are expecting a big turnout at the tournament.”