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It’s an exciting period for ZAAA – Mpondela

THERE is need for more investment in challenging competitions to compete to win and sustain the spirit of competing to win in every high performance athlete, says Zambia Amateur Athletics Association president Elias Mpondela.

The Zambia National Athletic Women’s Team on Saturday minted a gold medal in the 4x100m women’s relay beating the likes of South Africa and Botswana during the CAA Southern Region Championship in Mauritius with a time of 45.75.

The relay team comprised of Lumeka Katundu, Agnes Mazala, Helen Makumba, Rhodah Njobvu and Suwilanji Mpondela (substitute).

The girls also minted Silver and Bronze in 100m through Hellen Makumba and Rhoda Njobvu respectively.

Mpondela said it was an exciting period for ZAAA having a few days ago qualified Sydney Siame for both the IAAF 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 200 meters.

He said ZAAA supported by its partners was working and the investment in camping in Europe and competitions both locally and abroad was paying dividends.

“We now need more investment in challenging competitions to compete to win and sustain the spirit of competing to win in every High Performance Athlete…As we look with confidence to All Africa Games in Morocco, IAAF World Championships in Doha in September and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Mpondela.

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