By Jerold Sasa
Thousands of people converged at St Annes Goto Grounds in Wedza for the TinMac Foundation Annual Sports Tournament which has become one of the biggest sporting events in Mashonaland East province.
Thousands of people, the majority of them from Wedza and some from three other provinces of Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and Harare converged for the multi-sporting discipline event.
Guest of Honour at the event, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said such tournaments are key in national development.
“Such tournaments are important and my appeal to the youths is to shun drugs and concentrate on development,” she said.
The success of such sporting events is a result of the peace currently prevailing in the country under the able leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“We want to thank our President who has created the peace which is conducive for development,” noted Honourable Aplonia Munzverengwi, Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
The Minister of Home Affairs and Culture Heritage, Hon Kazembe Kazembe said, “I urge youths to shun drug abuse and concentrate on the development of our nation.”
“This tournament is important for sports development and we will continue to support it,” said Honourable Tino Machakaire, Wedza South MP and Deputy Minister Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation.
Dr Thokozile Chitepo, the Permanent Secretary of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation noted, “We want the talent identified here to excel at the national level to become stars.”
Winners walked away with various prizes which include motorcycles, bicycles and wheelbarrows, while persons with disabilities received wheelchairs from the foundation.
The event was also graced by some of the country’s football greats, including Sunday Chidzambwa, Brenna Msiska, Collins Kabote, July Sharara and David George.