THE NATIONAL Secondary School Heads (Nash) athletics season action starts today with most schools having their interhouse competitions in Bulawayo.
But the rains have not been kind to athletes this year, pounding away almost on a daily basis, thereby affecting training schedules.
Ihlathi High School sports director Tongesayi Chakanetsa said they have been badly affected by the weather as their grounds do not have hard surfaces.
The school is having the field events and marathon today, before having their track events for all age groups tomorrow as they seek to build up a school team.
“We are having our interhouse competitions tomorrow (today) and on Friday. Tomorrow (today) we are having field events for all age groups and on Friday we will have our track events. Just like most schools we are affected by the rain because our grounds do not have hard surfaces so when it is raining the tracks are muddy. We just hope that the rain will not affect our programmes,” Chakanetsa said.
Nash released the 2014 provincial athletics calendar last week and a lot of action at district level starts on Febraury13 and 14 where the Bulawayo central district will conduct their district competitions in a venue that is yet to be announced and Founders will be the school in charge.
On February 20 at Reigate district Northlea will host the district cross-country competitions before hosting the fields and tracks events the following day, while Khami district will also be having their competitions.
On February 27 and 28 Imbizo district will have their competitions that will take place at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) grounds, Masiyephambili will be the school in charge.
Provincial Nash head-in-charge Peter Gambiza said although the rains were affecting preparations in schools, there are no chances of changing the provincial calendar.