THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) will on Sunday host track and field athletics competitions at White City Stadium to select athletes to represent the country in the Africa Youth Championships to be held in Mauritius from April 21 to 25.
Preparations for the African Youth Championships will see clubs, schools and independent athletes battle for a ticket to Mauritius.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) secretary Dailes Bingadadi said preparations were going on well and this time they were hoping to use electronic timers.
“We are conducting our competitions on a good and up to standard ground hence we have requested to utilise the electronic timers, so that we record proper standard times as this is a national event,” Bingadadi said.
“I call upon talented athletes from all around Bulawayo not to miss this opportunity. I urge them to utilise this chance since the competitions are being hosted in their home area,” Bingadadi said.
Phakamile Lisimati the NAAZ national director of coaching and talent identification development said he has invited talented athletes to come and participate on Sunday.
“I have sent invites to potential athletes and I have received positive responses. It is in our hopes to record good times and distances,” he said.
Lisimati indicated that they had utilised the National Secondary School Heads national finals which were held in Chiredzi last Friday to scout for athletes.
“The scouting went well as we managed to select quite a number of athletes. We have invited them to participate so that we could groom them as you know that schools and clubs are two different environments,” Lisimati said.
NAAZ have so far identified 10 athletes who excelled in three qualifying competitions that were held in Bulawayo and Harare over the last two months with Lisimati saying their names would be released on Sunday.