Athletics Coach Madiri calls for professionalism

By ZBC Reporter

RESPECTED Athletics coach, Stan Madiri has called on the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) to professionalise the sport for Zimbabwe to compete with the best on the global stage.

Zimbabwe has generally struggled in track events at the Olympics with Ngoni Makusha coming 50th at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games. The national 100m record of 10.19 held by Brian Dzingai would have been just good enough to sneak into the semi-final at Tokyo games but still Makusha struggled to match it.

Team Great Britain speed coach, Stan Madiri, who was recently in Zimbabwe conducting a speed training workshop, believes the country needs to professionalise the sport to compete with the best.

We need to professionalise athletics, that’s the only way to go forward this means that coaches and athletes should both be professional in conduct and in practice, once we do that that means we are moving along with the World,he said.

He added that the secret lies  in implementing the correct training methods..

Genetics just give you a comparative advantage but that all it is, it’s like in industry how much is genetics, if you looking for performance it’s just training the right training, on speed and technique, movement and all unfortunately we are not teaching that in Zimbabwe and that’s why we are failing, he added.

Madiri who traces his roots to Marondera High School where he started as a Sports Master is an accredited World Athletics coach instructor and is currently at the Olympics with team GB.

He also coached the Zimbabwe netball team in speed movement at the 2019 Netball World Cup.