THE Zimbabwe Baseball Association has started working on a new constitution which will be presented to the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) next year, the association’s interim president Morris Banda said yesterday.
Banda, who has previously been in the association’s executive was appointed the new interim president and mandated with overseeing the drafting of a new constitution.
He said they had started drafting the constitution and were expecting to hand it over to the SRC early next year.
“There was a minor setback in the draft because we had stopped to organise the Dream Cup which happened about a week ago. We are working on a constitution that will be aligned with the regulations of the SRC,” he said.
Five provinces took part in the Dream Cup with Harare emerging winners while Bulawayo, Manicaland, the Midlands and Mashonland also took part.
Two months ago, the SRC dissolved the previous interim executive which was led by Mandishona Mtasa over allegations of misappropriation of funds and equipment.
Ibrahim Ralbuh Mase the vice-president, Charles Kwangwari secretary-general, Innocent Mwoyosvi executive director, Isaya Chinyama treasurer, Washington Nyika development officer, and board member administration Thembani Moyo were also part of the previous executive.
Banda said since their split from softball they were not properly registered with the SRC.
“The split between us and softball remains, but we would want the two to merge as most associations internationally have done so as part of efforts to have the sport included in the Olympics,” he said.
Banda said they had been invited for the Easter Tournament in Gauteng, South Africa, and they had started preparing for the event.
“We have selected a provisional squad for the Easter Tournament. We do not know the venue of the tournament, but we know that it will be in Gauteng. By end of January we will trim the list and in February we will select the final team that will compete,” he said.
He added that most of the players in the team were drawn from schools and clubs that are active in the sport. Most high schools are active in baseball although not many competitions have been organised in the past.