Masvingo wins National Paralympics

HARARE - Masvingo Province won this year’s edition of the National Paralympics which ended in Gweru on Saturday shrugging off competition from hosts Midlands and eight other provinces.

Masvingo amassed 31 medals dominating in athletics, netball, goal ball and wheel chair tennis where they accumulated 15 gold medals, eight silver and eight bronze.

Hosts, Midlands Province, who won the last two editions in Hwange and Chinhoyi failed to utilize home advantage and came second with 14 gold medals, 14 silver and six bronze.

Mashonaland Central came third with 10 gold, 10silver and 13 bronze while Bulawayo were number four with five gold, three silver and nine bronze.

Next year’s hosts, Mashonaland East finished fifth with five gold, one silver and one bronze with Matabeleland North on sixth position with four gold, five silver and eight bronze.

Matabeleland South occupied seventh position with four gold and four bronze.

Harare came a disappointingly eighth with three gold, 10 silver and two bronze. Manicaland were second from last with three gold, nine silver and 12 bronze while Mashonaland Central finished last with three gold, six silver and three bronze.

The closing ceremony which was scheduled for 2pm was pushed further after the games concluded late due to a mini strike by officials in the morning.

The officials were strike over non-payment of allowances with some saying that they have not paid for the last two editions of the Paralympics.

The officials were however paid paving way for the conclusion of the games.

This year’s edition was the biggest since the games inception in 2008 with more than 1500 athletes taking part up from 500 in the first year six years ago.

Mashonaland East capital Marondera will host next year’s edition of the games. - Sports Writer

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