THE Bulawayo Athletics Board track and field championships are scheduled for White City Stadium on March 22 with schools and clubs from the city expected to take part.
Board secretary Dailes Bingadadi confirmed the competition saying they were also expecting participants to compete for qualification for the Coca-Cola Four-Minute Mile Challenge.
“The track and field championships are on March 22 and we are expecting Bulawayo clubs and schools to participate,” she said.
“I am not sure of the schools calendar but since athletics is held throughout the year in schools it would be a good platform for them to keep their athletes fit.”
Bingadadi said they were also expecting a number of athletes to qualify for the Four-Minute Mile revealing that eight had already met the standard although she would not say who they are.
“The Four Minute Mile Challenge qualifiers will also be held on the same day.
“Eight athletes have already qualified, but at the moment I do not have their names with me. Some are from Harare, Mutare and Bulawayo,” she said.
The Bulawayo Athletics Board has since started using White City Stadium which was refurbished in time for the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under 20 Youth games which were held in Bulawayo in December.
Bulawayo had only one facility with a tartan track, the National University of Science and Technology and the institute of higher learning’s prohibitive charges prevented some of the competitions from being held there.
“We hope that the use of White City Stadium will help the athletes improve on their times. It is a state-of-the-art facility of international standard,” she said.
“We are not saying the other facilities are not good but we hope this one will help in improving the athletes,” she said.
During the refurbishment a giant screen and electronic timing system were also fitted at the stadium which is now the “home of athletics and netball”.
“Last time we did use the electronic timer we hope this time it will be there. We are still to confirm,” Bingadadi said.