Cossasa to pick athletes at Nash

Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics Championships representatives will be selected at the National Association for Secondary School Heads (Nash) national finals to be held at Lomagundi College from March 30-31.

Zimbabwe are the Cossasa athletics defending champions and will play host to the regional competition in Harare in April.

Arthur Maphosa, the Nash vice-president, said they are ready for the schools’ national meet and they expect provinces to start their training camps tomorrow.

“The provincial competitions were held last week and focus is now on the national finals at Lomagundi College. This time around, the Nash national finals are special in the sense that we’re selecting a Cossasa team. We want to defend our Cossasa title and that requires our athletes to have adequate preparations, hence our expectations to have provinces starting their camps on Wednesday,” Maphosa said.

He said Nash had added three Paralympics events to their 2017 athletics programme, as part of their drive to fight against discrimination of pupils living with disabilities.

“The additional Paralympics events are meant to bring more excitement to our programme and we will also be doing our part to fight against discrimination of pupils living with disabilities.

“In the past, children living with disabilities used to have competitions on their own, but now we’re bringing them together with their able bodied compatriots so that they mix and mingle, while they develop into better athletes.

“Paralympians will compete at Lomagundi College and those who excel will represent Zimbabwe at the Cossasa Games,” Maphosa said.

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