Tsamba in Russia for World Draughts Champs

HARARE - Reigning local Draughts champion Clifford Tsamba is in St Petersburg, Russia where he is representing the country at this year’s World Draughts’ Championships which kicks off today.

Tsamba of Harare-based Inner City Club qualified for the tournament following his third straight triumph at the national championships held in Gweru earlier this year and left the country last night for a 10-day event where more than 10 countries are set to take part.

Zimbabwe Draughts Federation (Zimdf) and African Draughts Federation (Adf) secretary-general Thomas Njanike is confident Tsamba will represent them well in Russia.

“Tsamba is a very enthusiastic player and I am sure he will hold his own by bringing the medal home,” Njanike told the Daily News yesterday.

“He has been crowned champion for the past three years and that on its own speaks volumes of his potential.

“I also feel this tournament is more than just winning as being a participant means a lot especially to the sport in the country.”

Njanike said the Zimdf is working flat out to popularise in the country as it keeps the youth together and out of trouble.

“It teaches children discipline, because there are rules that govern the sport on how to behave,” he says.

“So as Zimdf, we are working on having draughts recognised in all spheres of sport.

“The draughts game is currently under consideration by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (Zoc) with a view to recognise the game as a national sport code.

“Draughts is a game that is easily accessible because one can easily draw on cardboard boxes and use bottle tops to play.

“It is an all-weather mind game sport that concentrates on improving memory capabilities, computational abilities, and it derives its strengths on the capacity to positively respond moves.”

Malawi will host the second edition of the African Draughts Championships where two locals are expected to represent the country with those excelling automatically qualifying to participate at next year’s World Draughts Federation Championships.

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