HARARE - Zimbabwe’s top BMX rider Tawanda Marova (Elite men) will not be part of the team that is set to participate at the Continental Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg South Africa later this month after he was brutally assaulted at BMX Club last Thursday.
Marova together with Simon Martin (Elite men), Antony Timothy (Elite men) and Scott Donaldson (Junior elite) were scheduled to represent the country at the continental competition that starts on October 26.
An anonymous source told the Daily News on Sunday that the rider was beaten after being accused of stealing cellular phones and a wallet from a vehicle.
“There was a birthday party that took place at BMX Club and there were quite a number of people at the event which includes vendors selling popcorn, candy floss and as well staff body that work at the BMX track,” said the source.
“A parent came to collect her child from the party, she left her cell phones and a wallet in the running vehicle to make a purchase from the vendor stalls , only to return to her vehicle to find her property missing .”
The source said, Marova, who was set to compete at the regional event in South Africa was mistaken for the thief and brutally assaulted.
Marova was in the vicinity doing some PR work by distributing flyers to the public promoting the sport and the woman called him out as the thief.
“Shortly afterwards the woman’s husband arrived in the company of three bouncers who attacked Marova with clenched fists and also kicked him when he fell to the ground,” said the source.
Some members of the BMX Club who were present at the scene were able to rescue Marova from the three bouncers and took him to hospital where he is currently being treated for some internal injuries internal injuries.
Officials from Zimbabwe Cyclists Federation (ZCF) refused to comment regarding the matter.