ONE of the biggest jobs in the country’s sports administration, the presidency of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC), is up for grabs.
Like the Zimbabwe Football Association elections early this year, it appears there is
really no clear-cut favourite and colorful front-runner for the post.
The election is scheduled for July 16.
The ZOC presidency has been vacant since Paul Chingoka was removed from the all-sports mother body following allegations of fund embezzlement leveled against him.
The two candidates for the post, Admire Masenda and Customs Kachambwa, both have years of experience in sports administration in ZOC itself as executive members as well as in Olympic Games team management.
Both ascended to the mother body from disciplines which are considered minor and have had no Olympic representation for years. Masenda is a former basketball administrator while Kachambwa is at the helm of the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe.
“If elected, I will look at good governance which is a topical issue and I believe I’m the best qualified person to deal with that considering my legal background,” said Kachambwa, who is the president of the country’s Labour Court.
Kachambwa also believes his humble background will be a plus for ZOC.
“My background of coming from a ghetto and taking up an elite sport and bringing it to the people will help. I belong to both worlds,” he said.
Masenda, a renowned basketball coach, is currently acting president of ZOC, and his stewardship is widely respected in the basketball and the sporting fraternity in general. — Staff Writer.