Preps for handball Zone 6 champs at an advanced stage

Shelly Guni

The Zimbabwe Handball Federation president, Dr Beauty Mtsambiwa, has said preparations for the hosting of the Zone 6 Africa region trophy for under 20 male youth and under 18, male juniors are at an advanced stage.

Dr Mtsambiwa made the remarks during a media briefing this afternoon in Harare, where the local organizing committee, led by Edson Chirowodza who is also the secretary general for the association, provided an update on the upcoming event.

The tournament is set for October 17 to 23, 2022 at the City Sports Centre and Chitungwiza at the Chitungwiza Aquatic & Sports Complex.

Nine teams have since confirmed their participation Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and the hosts Zimbabwe

Giving a background of the event, Dr Mtsambiwa said the initial tournament was scheduled for 2020 but everything was put on halt following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Zimbabwe Handball Federation successfully presented its bid to host the IHF Trophy in 2019. The hosting license was granted by the International Handball Federation to host in 2020.

“The IHF further elevated the status of the competition from the usual developmental level of competition to a World Cup qualifier for Youth and Juniors.

“The Zimbabwe Handball Federation sought clearance from the Government of Zimbabwe through the Sports and Recreation Commission and authority was granted. However, the initial dates for the competition in 2020 were rescheduled due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the travel restrictions.

“The competitions were postponed to further to 2021, with the pandemic still at its peak, the IHF made a decision to further postpone to 2022.”

Speaking at the same event, Chirowodza said:  

“An inspection mission was sent by the Confederation of African Handball to look at the state of facilities and made some recommendations towards refurbishments for both venues.

“The next inspection missions is yet to be confirmed, however, it might be coming towards the period of the competitions.

“Engagements on the facilities refurbishments were made with both City of Harare and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, through the Sports and Recreation Commission.

“Several periodic camps have been held since 2020 and provisional squads of 28 players each have been assembled.

Final selection of 14 players per each age category will be done by the 1st of October 2022 for accreditation to the Local Organizing Committee.”

Chirowodza also appealed to the corpate world and well-wishers to assist them in anyway possible to make this international event a success.

“The Local Organizing Committee extends an invitation to the corporates to partner during the Games and also give support particularly to Team Zimbabwe towards playing kits, ceremonial dress athlete welfare and camp expenses.

“Team Zimbabwe would need support from all Zimbabweans to make it to the qualification for the World Cup.”

Preps for handball zone 6 champs at an advanced stage

Shelly Guni

The Zimbabwe Hnadball Federation president, Dr Beauty Mtsambiwa, has said preparations for the hosting of the Zone 6 Africa region trophy for under 20 male youth and under 18, male juniors are at an advanced stage.

Dr Mtsambiwa made the remarks during a media briefing this afternoon in Harare, where the local organizing committee, led by Edson Chirowodza who is also the secretary general for the association, provided an update on the upcoming event.

The tournament is set for October 17 to 23, 2022 at the City Sports Centre and Chitungwiza at the Chitungwiza Aquatic & Sports Complex.

Nine teams have since confirmed their participation Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and the hosts Zimbabwe

Giving a background of the event, Dr Mtsambiwa said the initial tournament was scheduled for 2020 but everything was put on halt following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Zimbabwe Handball Federation successfully presented its bid to host the IHF Trophy in 2019. The hosting license was granted by the International Handball Federation to host in 2020.

“The IHF further elevated the status of the competition from the usual developmental level of competition to a World Cup qualifier for Youth and Juniors.

“The Zimbabwe Handball Federation sought clearance from the Government of Zimbabwe through the Sports and Recreation Commission and authority was granted. However, the initial dates for the competition in 2020 were rescheduled due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the travel restrictions.

“The competitions were postponed to further to 2021, with the pandemic still at its peak, the IHF made a decision to further postpone to 2022.”

Speaking at the same event, Chirowodza said:  

“An inspection mission was sent by the Confederation of African Handball to look at the state of facilities and made some recommendations towards refurbishments for both venues.

“The next inspection missions is yet to be confirmed, however, it might be coming towards the period of the competitions.

“Engagements on the facilities refurbishments were made with both City of Harare and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, through the Sports and Recreation Commission.

Each of the participating countries will feature two teams (one for the Under 20 and one for the Under 18 categories)

“Several periodic camps have been held since 2020 and provisional squads of 28 players each have been assembled.

Final selection of 14 players per each age category will be done by the 1st of October 2022 for accreditation to the Local Organizing Committee.”

Chirowodza also appealed to the corpate world and well-wishers to assist them in anyway possible to make this international event a success.

“The Local Organizing Committee extends an invitation to the corporates to partner during the Games and also give support particularly to Team Zimbabwe towards playing kits, ceremonial dress athlete welfare and camp expenses.

“Team Zimbabwe would need support from all Zimbabweans to make it to the qualification for the World Cup.”

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