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Naaz seeks funding

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THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) is appealing to the corporate world and well-wishers to help it send athletes to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Half-Marathon Championships to be staged in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 29.

SUKHOLUHLE MTHETHWA
SPORTS REPORTER

Naaz vice-president Enias Nhoro yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they intend to send athletes for the international competition.

“We are supposed to send athletes for the IAAF World Half-Marathon in Denmark, but we are facing financial constraints. We are still hoping that the corporate world and well-wishers will come in and assist us so that our athletes could go and participate in the competition,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s top middle-distance athletes include Cuthbert Nyasango, Wirimai Juwawo, Kelvin Pangiso, George Majaji and Lewis Masunda while Faith Nyasango and Tabitha Tsatsa are the female athletes who can participate in the race.

Zimbabwe has not fared badly in the half-marathon although due to financial problems at the national association, only a few athletes are sent out to compete in world events.

Countries like Kenya and Ethiopia remain the most dominant in long-distance running in Africa.

According to the IAAF website Kenya has already named its team for this edition of the competition.

The site named 2010 winner Wilson Kiprop, Geoffrey Kipsang, Obert Kwemoi Chemosin, Simon Cheprot, Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi and reserve Cyprian Kimurgor Kotut while the women’s team has Lucy Wangui Kabuu, Gladys Cherono, Jemima Sumgong Jelagat, Sally Chepyego, while Mercy Kibarus is the reserve.

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