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No Christmas Rest for Zimbabwe Sports Persons

  • Michael Kariati

For some, it will be time to visit relatives in the rural areas after a whole year in the cities while for others this is the time to donate to the underprivileged.

For another section of the sport community, it is business as usual.

This is how the sports family intends to spend its Christmas with Quarries Oriental Boxing promoter Christopher Malunga saying he will take his boxers for a visit to some orphanages to donate to those in need.

Malunga is in camp with his boxers including Zimbabwe’s Africa Boxing Union welterweight title holder Charles Manyuchi who on January 21st faces Ghana’s Patrick Kalote for the vacant World Boxing Council International Welterweight title at the Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia.

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Anna Mguni says after a hectic year, now is the time to take a rest. Mguni says she will be at her rural home in Chimanimani with the rest of the family for a Christmas reunion.

Mguni, who won the 2013 Women Development Award, says upon her return to work, her focus would be to ensure that Zimbabwe succeeds at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Zimbabwe was a disappointment at the 2012 London Olympic Games where a seven-member squad came home empty-handed and with a lot of excuses for their failure.

Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year, Tawanda Muparati, says he will take the short time provided by the Christmas period to go with his family to the resort town of Nyanga on holiday.

He says he will not have the time to do this later as he is billed to travel with the Warriors for the African Nations Championships in South Africa, and then return to play for Dynamos in the CAF Champions League and later then the domestic league.

For the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association, Ringisayi Mapondera, it will be business as usual.

The volleyball supremo says they will be busy playing volleyball with his family and friends at his home in Harare.

These are the different ways in which people choose to spend their Christmas. But for me, it’s off to Kadoma, for an end of year reunion with relatives and friends.