THE BULAWAYO cross country provincial team will not camp ahead of the inter-provincial cross-country finals set for Kadoma on Sunday due to financial constraints.
The team will leave Bulawayo for Kadoma on Saturday and the events are set to start at 7:00am on Sunday.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi confirmed that the athletes will be training with their clubs as the board does not have adequate funds to finance the camping.
“The athletes will not camp as a team because we are having financial challenges, they will train with their club coaches. I don’t think it will have a negative effect on their performances, though we wanted them to be together for bonding.
“To be with their club coaches is also good for continuity as they will be working with the same people they have been working with from the beginning,” Bingadadi said.
She said the provincial team is a true reflection of the talent in the province as it is composed of athletes from both clubs and schools with the most talented having proved their worthy to represent Bulawayo during the two provincial team selection exercises held at Nketa Drive and Luveve High School, last month.
Bingadadi said she believes a number of athletes from Bulawayo will make an impact in Kadoma and make it to the national team that will represent Zimbabwe in Durban in the regional cross-country finals on February 15.
“I have no doubt that a number of athletes will perform very well in Kadoma and make it to the national team that will compete in the regional finals. The team itself is a true reflection of the Bulawayo athletics as it has representatives from both schools and clubs,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Midlands province has also held their provincial cross-county team selection.
The team will be led by the Shabanie Athletics Club’s Elijah Mabunhu, who came first in the senior men’s 12km race in 49 minutes, 12.00 seconds.
He will be representing the province in the senior men’s category with Ndukwana Zwelithini, Previous Makiwa and Samuel Kufakunesu.