ATHLETICS officials from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Masvingo will have a chance to further upgrade their skills, as Bulawayo Polytechnic is set to host an international high level officiating course in Bulawayo next week.
The course entitled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Level One Technical Official Education Certification System (Toecs) Course, will be held from Monday to Friday while participants are expected to arrive in the city on Sunday.
IAAF Toecs lecturer Enias Nhoro told Southern Eye Sport yesterday that they were meeting in Bulawayo next week.
“We are going to have the Toecs course from August 12 to 16 at Bulawayo Polytechnic.
It is a national level two upgrading course. It is a highly technical level course which is important because we need to have people with experience in the sport.
“From the course, the officials will then proceed to the Zimbabwe National Youth Games which are being hosted by Bulawayo Province,” he said. The participants will receive certificates after the course.
Bulawayo Province is hosting the Youth Games for the second time since they were inaugurated in 2003. The games will run from August 17 to 25.
Meanwhile, the Rimuka Athletics Club Track and Field Championships that were set for
Kadoma on Saturday and Sunday have been postponed to September.
Nhoro said they had postponed the competition so that provinces could get time to polish their teams in preparation for the Youth Games.
“We were supposed to have our competition at Kuredza on Saturday and Sunday, but we have since moved it to mid-September. Most provinces are fine-tuning their teams for the Youth Games while some are finalising their teams for the Youth Games.
We decided to postpone because we are encouraging provinces to bring strong teams so that there is competition,” he said.
Some of the events that were lined up include 100m, 200m, 400m and field events like discus and shot-put.