ATHLETES from around the country are expected to converge at the National University of Science and Technology when the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) holds its track and field event on Sunday.
The event marks the first major competition in the city this year; the biggest event that the province has hosted so far was the provincial cross-country championships last month.
Naaz vice-president Enias Nhoro said they expect a good attendance in the competition.
“We are having the Naaz track and field championships at Nust on February 23. We are expecting a good turnout from particularly schools as they will be using the competition to select and fine tune their athletes who will represent them in the National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) provincial track and field championships at Peterhouse College next month,” he said.
He said athletes should attend the event if they have hopes of representing the country in major competitions that will be coming up this year.
“This is a very important competition because we have to start selecting athletes for competitions like Confederations of School Sport Association of Southern Africa, Youth Olympics to be held in China as well as the IAAF World Junior Championships that are set for the United States of America,” he said.
According to the Naaz athletics calendar other major competitions that will be staged this year are the IAAF World Indoor Championship lined up for Poland in March and the Second African Youth Championships scheduled for Botswana from May 22-31 as well as the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships set for Copenhagen, Denmark on March 29. Nhoro urged athletes to continue attending competitions like the upcoming event.
“We are encouraging athletes to participate in these local competitions. This will make them continue improving their times and also it gives the selectors the chance to see these athletes performing,” he said.