Zim reaps less at Abuja games


Itai Dzamara

THE curtain comes down on the 8th All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria, tomorrow with indications that Zimbabwe would come back with the lowest number of medals earned in such

a tournament.


The slump in form by the Zimbabwe team comes against a background of a drastic deterioration in standards of most sporting disciplines in the country which are bedevilled by administrative squabbling.


Sporting disciplines that include rugby, soccer, basketball and athletics are currently assailed by squabbles that have scared away sponsors as well as hampered development.


The Zimbabwe All-Africa Games team had by yesterday only managed to win five medals.


Fadzai Mawisire won the first medal for the Zimbabwe team on Monday when she lost in the women’s tennis finals to walk away with silver.

Mawisire later on that day combined with Fadzai Masiyazi to win the second silver medal after losing in the doubles finals. Reigning Sports Person of the Year Elliot Mujaji scooped the first gold medal for Zimbabwe on Tuesday in the 100 metres of the special sports category. At the 7th All-Africa Games in 1999 in South Africa, the Zimbabwe team came out with 23 medals – one gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals. Zimbabwe hosted the sixth edition of the All-Africa games in 1995 and won 35 medals which still stand as a record.

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