Zim ready to welcome regional gymnasts

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ZIMBABWE Gymnastics have expressed its readiness to host the regional Zone VI Gymnastics Championships to be held at Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College gymnasium, from December 11-13.

DANIEL NHAKANISO
SPORTS REPORTER

The national gymnastics’ governing body is expecting to host about 502 national and international competitors as well as the officials from Angola, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia during the regional championships which will be officially opened next Wednesday.

Participants and gymnastics fans will be flocking from all over Southern Africa starting on Saturday when the Angolan teams jet in the country before Namibia and South Africa arrive a day later.

Simba Katsande, the gymnastic Zimbabwe’s public relations and marketing manager told our sister paper NewsDay Sport in an interview yesterday that it was all systems go for the regional competition.

“The Zimbabwe Team, venue and all background arrangements are now ready for the opening of the regional Zone VI gymnastics championships from December 11 to 13.

“The official opening of the competition which will be held on the December 11 at Belvedere Teachers’ Gymnasium is going to be a big event with teams from Angola, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe make a grand entrance accompanied by music and dance performances.

“This is going to be a spectacular evening packed with entertainment for the whole family. High ranking government officials will conduct the official opening and welcome the visitors,” Katsande said.

The national gymnastics’ governing body recently announced a strong 52-member Zimbabwe team for the regional competition and is confident the country will do well against their regional counterparts.

Zimbabwe has done well in previous years with the men’s tumbling team winning the gold medal when the country hosted the competition three years ago.

Last year, in Namibia, Tichaona Gwenzi won the senior tumbling competition and is strongly tipped to retain his title this year as he is part of the artistic gymnastics squad.

The Zone VI gymnastics championships is the biggest gymnastics competition in Southern Africa and winners qualify for the Africa Championships 2014, which will be held in two sections, one in Pretoria , SA and the other in Cairo, Egypt.