THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) track and field competitions to be hosted by Bulawayo on Sunday have been moved from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) to White City Stadium.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi confirmed the latest development yesterday saying they have already booked White City after Nust charged exorbitant figures.
She said the reason behind changing the venue to White City was that Nust demanded $1 000 for the grounds excluding other necessities such as mobile toilets compared to $100 demanded by the Bulawayo City Council.
“The competitions were initially set for Nust, but we have since shifted to White City after considering the amount of money which we were charged by Nust for hiring the grounds.
They demanded $1 000 compared to White City where we were charged only $100 so we opted for the latter,” Bingadadi said.
Bingadadi who said she is waiting for the programme from the Naaz secretariat also urged Bulawayo secondary schools athletes to take the open competition as preparations for the 2014 National Secondary School Heads (Nash) athletics calendar events.
Most clusters in all five districts are now prepared for the inter-cluster competitions as the province seeks to select the provincial team that will travel to Marondera for the national Nash cross-country and track and field competitions slated for March 20 and 21 respectively.
“Everything is going smooth, although we are yet to receive the programme of the day from the national secretary. We are inviting secondary schools to bring their athletes as they are preparing for their Nash competitions,” she said.
The competition will see athletes from around the country converge for the first major athletics competition in the City of Kings this year.