…as Mpondela-led executive resolve to deliver the best for the country
THERE are no wrangles in the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association, says organization president Elias Mpondela.
In an interview Mpondela said the association was on track to develop athletics in the country and would not allow detractors to hijack the agenda.
Mpondela said the association had made huge strides in the development of the sport, adding that his executive was intact.
And Mpondela said the athletes that came from Ndeke Cheetahs, G-Track and Nchanga will be given a chance to participate in the national championship as individuals.
He explained that the sportsmen and women did not participate because they were not allowed by their leaders to take part.
“The athletes that came from G-Track, Ndeke Cheetahs and Nchanga could not participate in the national cross-country championship as a result of their own leaders having refused to come to the championship.
“They will not be disadvantaged. A decision has been made that these athletes will now participate as individuals and ZAAA as a national body has a responsibility, it belongs to Government, and therefore every individual who has athletics passion and potential will be given chance to take part unless they themselves are unruly,” said Mpondela.
Mpondela said athletes will be allowed to register with ZAAA as individuals and ZAAA will take care of all their needs and, “as we speak now all those athletes that qualify to be part of the High Performing Centre have already reported at the OYDC and are in camp training. We shall not allow the negative conduct of some individuals to affect the programme for the sport in the country”.