NATIONAL team players have become the first batch of beneficiaries of the €5 000 awarded to the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) by Rugby Africa.
ZRU chief executive, Sifiso Made, said the players were still in the process of collecting their hampers.
“It’s been difficult for us as a union. We would like to thank Rugby Africa for the bailout package,’’ he said.
“We have 100 players, who have been representing the national teams, and they are the first batch of beneficiaries from the package. Over 50 players have since collected their hampers from the collection centre. As ZRU, we are committed to addressing our players’ plight.”
Made adds that local referees, who have been representing the country in international tournaments, will also have a piece of the cake.
“It’s all about easing pressure on each and every stakeholder,’’ he said. “We will also make sure that the junior teams and the men’s A team get something as well.”
Made revealed the rugby season has been scratched as rugby is one of the sports that was classified as high risk by the Sports and Recreation Commission.
“We have decided to call off all rugby activities this year. We had applied to the SRC but, still, there are so many risk factors to consider,’’ said Made.
“The national teams, national league, both male and female, junior league and schools league will only return next year.”
“At the end of the day, what is more, important is the health of everyone involved in the game. So, in terms of action, we are resting but, administratively, we are working around the clock for the good of the game.”
Coaching and refereeing coaches have also been affected since they involve practicals although the theoretical part of it, will be conducted online, starting end of this month.