MUTARE roled into life as the Zimbabwe Teachers College Sports Association (ZITCOSA) Zone A brought a hive of sporting activity this Thursday 22 March 2018.
The tournament runs from the 22 -24 March 2018 with five teachers’ colleges from ZITCOSA Zone A who will battle for top accolades in 17 sporting disciplines which include soccer, netball, handball, cricket, athletics, volleyball, basketball, softball, golf, chess, darts, pool, hockey, lawn tennis and table tennis. Paralympic athletes will also compete in athletics, five aside soccer, and goal ball.
Teacher colleges in Zimbabwe were clustered into three Zones with Zone A comprising of teacher training colleges in the Western and Eastern regions of the country. The teams comprise of Marymount, Bondofi, Masvingo, Morgenster and Mutare teachers colleges.
Zone B is constituted of colleges in the middle and central part of the country namely; Mkoba from Gweru, Hillside and United College of Education both from Bulawayo while Zone C consist of Seke, Belvedere, Madziva and Morgan Zintec and Nyadire teachers colleges.
Two winners of gold and silver from each participating category will be selected and co-opted into the team to represent ZITCSOA ZONE A at the ZITCOSA National Games to be held in Harare in April 2018.
Indoor and outdoor games will commence on Friday and finals will be scheduled for Saturday 24 which will also be the official closing ceremony day. Speaking to our Kumakomo Community Radio, Mrs. Moreen Kuchocha who is the ZITCOSA ZONE A Marketing and Publicity officer said that the closing ceremony will be held at Marymount Teachers College Hall were overall results are expected to be announced. Kuchocha who is also the ZITCOSA ZONE A Cricket Coordinator said that she is encouraged by the number of female athletes who turned out to participate in the 2018 edition of the Games. More that 1500 athletes were accredited to take part in the games with the bulk of them being female athletes.
The number of females taking part in these games shows clearly that women have stepped up their game and are now taking action in trying to bridge the gender parity imbalances in the sporting field. Females athletes in the games are expected to set new records in the ZITCOSA ZONE A Games. One athlete Mabegede Forget from Marymount Teachers’ College said she was ready to represent her Zone if she qualified in Shot-put.
The ZITCOSA ZONE A Marketing and Publicity Officer, Mrs. Kuchocha confirmed that it is all systems go for the games and that he was also expecting stiff competition from all the participating colleges. Marymount and Mutare Teachers’ Colleges were jointly hosting the games and they had prepared well in order to host a successful edition of the ZITCOSA ZONE A games which are rotated annually among ZONE A Association college members. Each year the games shift from one College to another.
Students who were taking part in the games echoed their sentiments and expressed their deep sentiments about the organisation of the games and said everything was look set, the organisers had done their part and it was now left for them to put their best performance in the sporting arena.