Chingoka under fire

Ndamu Sandu

STUNG by revelations of financial irregularities by the previous administration, the Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) board meets tomorrow to digest the outcome of a probe by the supreme Sports and Recreatio

n Commission (SRC).

The SRC investigating committee unearthed serious financial irregularities allegedly perpetrated by former TZ president Paul Chingoka and treasurer Bash Mahomed. It recommended the suspension of the duo with immediate effect to allow investigations into the misappropriation of funds.

Chingoka is now president of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee although he remained honorary life president of TZ.

The probe into Chingoka and Mahomed will be done by the TZ board with support coming from the SRC. It is expected to be complete by June 30 .

The investigation revolves around handling of funds especially from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Davis Cup, the remuneration of players and officials, foreign currency accounts and sponsorship deals.

The SRC report said all decision-making powers were centralised on Chingoka and Mahomed.

TZ president Cecil Gombera said yesterday the board would deliberate on the outcome of the report by the SRC.

“We are meeting on Saturday (tomorrow) to deliberate on the report from the SRC, looking at their recommendations,” he said.

Gombera could not be drawn into revealing whether the board will recommend the suspension of Chingoka from the ITF board.

An official from ITF told IndependentSport that the motion to suspend Chingoka from the ITF board had to be moved by TZ.

On his departure from TZ last year, Chingoka said he had done his part and was giving a chance to others who wanted to lead TZ.

At the helm of TZ for 13 years, Chingoka boasted that he had brought Andre Agassi among other top players to Zimbabwe.

Chingoka had been hailed as the best sports administrator, winning an award at the Annual National Sports Awards last year.