By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THE Zambia Amateur Athletics Association ZAAA has hailed the National Athletic Women’s Team for minting Gold in the 4x100m Women’s Relay at the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) southern region championship in Mauritius.
ZAAA president, Elias Mpondela, said the athletics body was proud of the relay team, comprising runners Lumeka Katundu, Agnes Mazala, Helen Makumba, Rhodah Njobvu and substitute Suwilanji Mpondela.
“It’s an exciting period for ZAAA having a few days ago qualified Sydney Siame for both the IAAF 2019 World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 200 meters,” Mpondela said.
“ZAAA supported by its partners is working and our investment in camping in Europe and participating in competitions both locally and abroad is paying dividends.”
The national women’s relay team beat South Africa and Botswana to win gold at the CAA southern region championship in Mauritius with a time of 45.75.
The Zambia National Athletics Women’s team has minted a Gold medal in the 4x100m Women’s Relay, beating the likes of South Africa and Botswana during the CAA southern region championship in Mauritius with a time of 45.75.
The team also minted Silver and Bronze in 100m through Hellen Makumba and Rhoda Njobvu respectively.
“As we look with confidence to All Africa Games in Morocco, IAAF World Championships in Doha in September and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, We need more investment in challenging competitions to compete to win and sustain the spirit of competing to win in every high performance athlete,” Mpondela said.
Meanwhile, ZAAA has organised an IAAF CECS Level-1 Course, sponsored by Olympic Solidarity with coaches drawn from various clubs around Zambia.
The intensive coaching course will take 14 days at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) and participant examinations will come from IAAF headquarters in Monaco.