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Shurugwi athletes appeal for sponsorship

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ALVINA CHIWANIKA


Shurugwi – Shurugwi District is producing some exceptional athletes but Shurugwi community development association chairman, Wilson Mhuri has decried the lack of sponsorship.
Athletes who excel at district and provincial level are actually having to fork out their personal funds to represent the region at national level. Mhuri said sports is taken for granted in the district.
Recently Mike Ngwenya (17) who completed his O levels at Guinea Fowl High won two gold medals at Midlands Provincial Finals held at Zvishavane and he had to use his personal funds to go to the national competitions in Bulawayo where he again grabbed two golds medals in javelin and discus.
Ngwenya has now won a place to go to Egypt for the Juniors championship in June 2022 and thereafter he will go to Australia.
Shurugwi and in particular Pick Mine Stadium was one of the greatest home of local and international athletics. It had the best athletic sporting facilities supported by giant mining companies in Zimbabwe then.


A sports analyst urged giant mining companies like Unki Mine, Zimasco Mimosa and Todal to take a leaf from yesteryear mining companies and once again turn Shurugwi into a sporting powerhouse. This will not only create opportunities but take the youth from the streets and drugs, said the analyst.
“Shurugwi has a dearth of sports sponsors even though we have giant mining companies like Unki, Zimasco, Mimosa and Todal. As young athletes we are using our own resources to represent the province in national and other competitions.
“On May 21, 2022 I was in Zvishavane for Provincial games and I scooped gold medal in both javelin and discus. I went on to use my funds and represented the province at a national level in Bulawayo on Saturday and I again scooped gold medals in both events. Now I have to represent the country in Egypt and after that I will go to Australia,” said Ngwenya.
” My father, Alfred Ngwenya was a great athlete and he went to Germany where he competed in javelin and discuss. I am appealing to the public and companies to support and help me realise my sporting goals,” he added.


Another athlete from Dombotombo also raised the Shurugwi flag high when he won gold medal in the 1500 meters race which took place at the National Sports Stadium on April 30, 2022.
“We were at the National Sports Stadium in Harare and the competition was tough. Shurugwi athletes did not even sports attire but competed well with resourced players sponsored by big clubs like Black Rhinos. We are appealing to all mining companies in Shurugwi and other stakeholders to support their athletes. Local mines should be in the forefront in this initiative through corporate social responsibility,” said Mhuri.
Akim Mwale who is the chairman of Shurugwi athletics said it was tough to get sponsorship for athletes in Shurugwi.

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