SRC engages government on sports ban

By Lawrence Trusida

The recent blanket suspension of all sporting activities has not gone down with key stakeholders in the wake of revelations that Zimbabwe Cricket and boxer Charles Manyuchi have already appealed to the relevant authorities.

With football action having given fans something to smile about over the past five weeks, albeit through television screens, the joy seems to have been short lived.

While the measures announced by government have been welcomed in various quarters, the sports fraternity is of the view that they had put in place all the necessary measures to at least engage in competitive action behind closed.

The SRC, has, however, indicated that they are working with responsible authorities for a possible waiver.

Sports and Recreation Commission chairman Gerald Mlotshwa explained, “Ordinarily government’s lifting of the ban will depend on the country’s situation. However, we are tasked with the matter engaging them together with NSAs to find the best way to return to sport and also see how much other associations like cricket have done in the Covid environment.”

The recent announcement by the SRC comes at a time when the Chibuku Super Cup group phase was at the halfway stage while Zimbabwe A were playing South Africa A in the second four-day match in Harare.

Bangladesh was also set to arrive in Zimbabwe on Friday hence Zimbabwe Cricket has joined the fray in appealing for a waiver.

In boxing Charles Manyuchi is facing an ultimatum to defend his title by the 4th of next month.

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