Zim prepares to host International Handball Zone 6 Games

BY Skilder Makona

The Zimbabwe Handball Federation says work is in progress in sprucing up facilities as part of its rollout plan in preparation for the upcoming International Handball Federation Zone 6 Challenge Trophy before the end of the year.

The preparations are well on course as Zimbabwe has received guidelines to host the event, in the wake of the current COVID-19 situation.

With hopes of staging the event having been washed away due to the pandemic, the Zimbabwe Handball Federation received the backing of the IHF to continue with preparations to host the extravaganza once the situation improves.

“We can confirm that we received some guidelines from the continental handball mother body on how best we can host the event at the same avoiding the spread of the virus. We are still on course to meet some of the recommendations at our facilities which are also in line with the situation.

Although we are lagging behind because of the lockdown, we are confident that we will meet all the requirements in a short space of time and be able to give dates of when the event will be hosted subject to government approval,” said Local Organising Committee Chairman Edison Chirowodza.

He also added that the boys’ teams are working tirelessly with the guidance of their coaches on their path to achieving Vision2024.

“On Vision2024, we never stopped but we have turned virtual like any other sporting disciplines. The boys are working very hard and are so determined to achieve our Vision2024 which we started together in 2018.”

Zimbabwe won the bid to host the regional event late last year and the tournament was supposed to have been held in April but was postponed due to COVID-19.

The ZHF had initially earmarked September for the IHF sanctioned trophy but given the obtaining COVID-19 situation, the tournament has been moved further but will certainly take place before the end of the year.