ZPCS Midlands hold sports tourney in preparation for SADC Games

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GWERU – Whawha Prison Complex hosted the annual Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services
(ZPCS) Midlands Officer Commanding Sports tournament which attracted over 360 athletes who
were competing in various disciplines in preparations for the SADC Games to be held in South Africa.
The two-day tournament, was held under the theme: “Promoting the nation through sport and
wellness.” It was last held in 2021 because the country was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The prison officers competed in soccer, netball, darts, tug of war, pool, volleyball and athletics
among other sporting disciplines.
Zone A group was made up of Mberengwa, Shurugwi, and Provincial Headquarters. Zone B had
Whawha, Whawha Medium, and Whawha Young Offenders. Zone C comprised Kwekwe, Gokwe, and
Connemara.
Addressing the media last Thursday, Officer Commanding Midlands Province, Commissioner
Somemore Gate said the primary objective of the sports tournament was to promote interaction
between the officers, dependents, and inmates from different districts and to choose a team for the
SADC Games to be hosted by South Africa.
“This tournament is meant for interaction…. We are using it to tap and identify talent in preparations
for the SADC Games, since each province is supposed to come up with a team,” he said.
Comm. Gate said it was also an opportunity for their professional teams to scout for talent and to
fight drug and substance abuse among the youth.
The Officer Commanding Midlands Province thanked stakeholders who chipped in with sponsorship
for the prizes and general administration of the games.

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