Local Athletes prepare for 2023 championships

By Anashe Murombedzi

United States based triple jumper Chengetai Mapaya and top Zimbabwean Marathoner Isaac Mpofu will participate in the World Championships slated for Oregon, United States next month.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted most sports tournaments and Athletics is no exception, but Local athletes are now slowly picking as they gear up for international contests with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe expected to send representatives to one of the biggest global tournaments, the World championships slated for Oregon, United States next month.

“We have been in a very bad spell after COVID-19, but the athletes are picking up the momentum. We are happy that we are sending qualified athletes, Zimbabwe is one of the less than 100 countries out of 214 that sends athletes to qualifying at the World Championships. I’m very confident that we’ll send a bigger number of athletes to the world championships next year,” said NAAZ President, Tendai Tagara.

The domestic athletics governing body is sending United States based triple jumper Chengetai Mapaya and top marathon runner Isaac Mpofu to show off their prowess at the world championships.

Mapaya is in the top 10 of the Athletics world rankings while Mpofu qualified after running a sensational personal best of 2:10:24 at the Durban International Marathon race in May.

The global showpiece will run from the 17th to the 24th of next month in Oregon, United States of America.

Locally based athletes who have been active in the national championships in South Africa and Botswana are set to participate at the world championships next year for the first time since 2019.