All is now in place for the staging of the 15th national Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZTISU) games scheduled for June 24-27 in Harare.
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The games, which bring together top student athletes from three ZTISU sub-associations the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (Zusa), the Zimbabwe Teacher’s Colleges Sports Association (Zitcosa) and the Tertiary Educations Sports Association of Zimbabwe (Tesaz) kicks-off with athletics at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
Competition will also come in other various sporting disciplines such as football, netball, basketball, cricket, golf, hockey, chess and table tennis, among a host of other individual and team sports.
ZTISU marketing officer Tsitsi Kufa told Standardsport that the annual four-day event was ready to take-off.
“Everything is now in place for the 15th ZTISU games where we are expecting about 2 500 athletes from our three sub-associations namely Zusa, Tesaz and Zitcosa to come and compete for honours in various sporting disciplines,” she said.
“The ZTISU games always come after the sub-associations have held their own games and they will then bring their best two performers, either teams or individual athletes from various sporting disciplines, to these games and then we can come up with a national team to represent the country in the region,” added Kufa.
She established that at least five venues would be used for the ZTISU games.
The National Sports Stadium will be a reserve for athletics while rugby and cricket will be played at Old Hararians, with the event command centre Harare Polytechnic hosting indoor games.
Belvedere Teachers’ College plays host to basketball, volleyball, netball, handball and hockey. Golf will be played at Warren Hills Golf Club.
Kufa also revealed that Harare will also host the Zimbabwe-Zambia-Malawi (Zizama) tertiary institutions games in August.
“We are using the ZTISU games to come up with a team that will represent the country at Zizama games, which we are hosting in Harare from August 2 to 7, where we will compete with athletes from Zambia and Malawi,” she said.
The Zizama games are a cluster competition which is held in between the Confederation of Universities and Colleges of Southern Africa (Cucsa) games, a regional competition which is held once every two years.