SRC in bungling storm

HARARE - The 2015 Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa) degenerated into further controversy yesterday after it emerged Helen Costa took home a trophy monogrammed ‘2015 Sportsperson of the Year Charles Manyuchi’.

The Ms Universe Figure Hellen Costa had been crowned Sportsperson of the Year at the contentious awards ceremony held on Wednesday night in the capital.

Critics were quick to fire a salvo at the award’s judges saying it could have been that the accolade had been given to the reigning World Boxing Council welterweight champion before a last minute altercation swayed the award into Costa’s favour.

Either way, the blip took away the glitter from an already-contentious awards ceremony that was full of surprises.

However, the Sports and Recreation Commission, who run the awards defended their position admitting “it was a mistake” and they “were correcting it,” said spokesperson Tiri Nheweyembwa.

The Team of the Year award was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night as it went to the country’s senior women’s netball side.

Take nothing away from the Ledwin Dondo-coached side, who rose to become the new African champions following their gritty performance in Botswana earlier this year, but many felt the Mighty Warriors’ 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualification was a step ahead.

Not only that, but the circumstances of their triumph against the backdrop of countless monetary barriers had them winning rev reviews.

However Shadreck Mulauzi’s side are in contention for Team of the Year on the continent following their nomination for the prestigious Caf awards which will be staged early next year in Abuja, Nigeria.

It would be a moment to savour should they bag the continental award ahead of South Africa and Cameroon who are the other nominees.

Again, contentiously motocross rider Tanyaradzwa Muzinda landed the Junior Sportsperson of the Year somehow shrugging off the competition of rowing’s Kyle Hinde who had earlier landed the Junior Sportsman of the Year.

Hinde qualified for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014 and world championships in Chicago.

In the end, the 11-year-old young female motocross rider who finished seventh at the FIM Motocross of African Nations Championships and third in the National Motocross Championships claimed the honours.

It could have been that her nomination as the Zimbabwe International Women Awards Sportsman of the Year carried her home.

Surprisingly, her name was missing from the list of nominees submitted by Zimbabwe Motocross Federation but fortunately for her she was included through the Sports and Recreation’s “tracking system”.

 

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