Zimbabwean wrestler, Paddington Junior Mashaire will this afternoon leave for the African Wrestling Championships to be held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
By SportBrief Reporter
The continental competition kicks off tomorrow on February 11, 2018.
Speaking to SportBrief, the Zimbabwe Wrestling Board Secretary General, Tapiwa Ray Masinire said the Zimbabwean representative Mashaire departs alone as the board couldn’t raise air tickets fares to cater for his coach.
” Mashaire Paddington Junior is going without a coach because we could not raise air ticket for the National coach,” he said.
Mashaire leaves at 1530 via Rwanda.
“My wrestler is departing by 1530 via Rwanda en-route to Nigeria, Lagos then Port Harcourt for the African Championships 2018,” said Masinire.
The Minister of Sports, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe in his recent interface with stakeholders pledged to assist athletes at national level whose Associations are in good standing with the sports regulatory authority, Sports and Recreation Commission.
According to information gathered by SportBrief, Zimbabwe Wrestling Board is one of the many National Sports Associations (NSAs) yet to regularize their operations.
And for that reason their chances of securing funding are next to zero.
“In the last meeting it was agreed that NSAs have to streamline their requests, and not every request was to be entertained. And also these guys are not in good standing with the SRC therefore their chances of securing funding are slim. We also look at the strategic importance of the sport code. Some are not so strategic than others that’s the brutal truth,” said SRC communication officer Tirivashe Nhehweyembwa.
Responding to why his board did not approach SRC for financial assistance, Masinire said,” Just going now because we got the player assistance late in that we did not thought we will be represented like wise.”
Masinire added that the issue of the National coach accompanying the wrestler is not a big issue in that just having a representation at that level is a huge milestone.
” Even if he goes alone its a milestone for our junior policy especially U 23 program,” he said.
Athletes from about 40 countries, over 1000 athletes, coaches and referees are expected. Three styles will be hosted and there will be 90 gold medals up for grabs.