Wheelchair basketball veers off due to COVID-19

Wheelchair basketball veers off due to COVID-19

By Daniel Itai, Harare, Zimbabwe

The Wheelchair Basketball Association of Zimbabwe has become the latest sporting body to indicate that it has halted all its games scheduled for this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Several sporting disciplines in the southern African country have had to either suspend their entire sporting activities or apply to the Sport and Recreation Commission so as to get some form of leeway but for the country’s wheelchair basketball it seems as if next year is now the best time for them to resume their sporting activities.

“COVID-19 has badly distracted our sporting calendar. We had prepared well for this year, we were expecting to start our local games in all our provinces since we have now established a league and sponsorship, we also had a club which was supposed to participate in April  for a certain tournament in Ghana but that never happened as a result of COVID-19.

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However, as for this year, I doubt if we will ever have any games due to the pandemic. Next year is the best year to start our games.

Moreso, we as the Wheelchair Basketball Association of Zimbabwe, we want to make sure that our sport is liveable that’s why we are working on the growth and marketing of our sport,” said Job Kumunda, Wheelchair Basketball Association of Zimbabwe’s Acting-Secretary and Director of Operations.