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Top athletes primed for Econet Victoria Falls Marathon

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With two weeks  before the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon (EVFM), seasoned athletes say they are ready for the popular race which will be held in the iconic resort town on July 3.

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World-class veteran athlete Moses Tarakinyu, who won the 21 kilometres half marathon the last time the marathon was held 2019 said he was ready to defend his title this year.

“I have been training hard in the past few months, and everything is going well so far,” Tarakinyu said.

“I am confident of winning the half marathon again at the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon in two week’s time.”

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Tarakinyu – member of the Black Rhinos Athletics Club – is clearly brimming with confidence, after winning the 21km Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa in April this year, in a time of 01:03:31.

Another veteran of the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon, Christopher Gondwe, who won the 42km marathon title in 2019, said he was keen to win the event again this year and even break his own record.

“I am training hard and hopeful come July 3, I will be fit and ready. I am hoping to defend my title even improve on my performance this year.

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“So whoever tries to beat me will have to work very hard for it,” said the 35 year old athlete from Blanket Mine Athletics Club, who crossed the finish line in a time of 02:25:36 in 2019.

Africa’s premier marathon was last held three years ago, while the last two editions were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic that saw countries closing their borders to curb the spread of the respiratory disease.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon has grown bigger and now attracts veteran and burgeoning athletes, running and fitness enthusiasts, tourists and families from across the world.

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In 2019, the celebrated marathon hosted over 3 500 runners from 14 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa, among others.

Strides Athletics Club captain, Taonga Mukonoweshuro, said members of his association were geared for the upcoming marathon.

Stride Athletics Club is mostly made up of professionals, such as medical doctors, lawyers, engineers and accountants, who run to stay fit.

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“I can safely say we are ready for the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon as we have been practising regularly, in groups and as individuals.

“The marathon has come at an opportune time since we will use it to prepare for the Comrades Marathon in August,” said Mukonoweshuro, who will be celebrating his birthday on the marathon day.

Besides the 2022 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon being an official Comrades Marathon qualifier race, participants also have a chance to win up to US$25 000 in prizes.

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Speeding into the spotlight: Tsessebe makes rare appearance in Panda Masuie Forest

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BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI

In a groundbreaking discovery, the Wild is Life Trust and Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery (ZEN) have spotted a rare and elusive species in the conservation area near Victoria Falls – the Tsessebe, Africa’s fastest antelope.

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Camera traps in the Panda Masuie Forest captured footage of the Tsessebe, which can reach speeds of up to 90km/h.

“Panda Masuie Forest stands as a beacon of hope for biodiversity conservation in the region,” said the Wild is Life Trust in a statement. “Our camera traps revealed a rare species never seen by us in Panda Masuie – a Tsessebe.”

The footage was captured at a waterhole called Jos’ Corner, near the Botswana border. Over the course of just a few days, camera traps also captured images of many other species, including elephant, lion, eland, sable, roan, warthog, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, and ground hornbill.

The trust emphasized the significance of this discovery.

“The Tsessebe’s presence in Panda Masuie sheds light on its behaviour and ecological needs in this specific habitat, underscoring the importance of preserving natural landscapes and maintaining ecological connectivity across vast wilderness areas.”

To the organization , this incredible find is a testament to the power of collaboration and dedication to wildlife conservation.

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In a separate incident, the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust rewilded a terrapin rescued from a poacher’s backpack near Victoria Falls Town.

The organization announced, “We’re thrilled to announce that it has been released into the Victoria Falls National Park, where it can thrive in its natural habitat… Let’s protect and preserve our precious wildlife for generations to come!”

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Zimbabwe’s search for Warriors coach nears end

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Zimbabwe’s search for a new Warriors coach is nearing its end! After a long wait, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to announce a substantive coach for the senior men’s national team in just a few days.

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This comes after a thorough recruitment process, which included interviews with five top contenders, ZIFA said on Tuesday.

“In parallel, ZIFA is diligently working on compiling the shortlist for the Mighty Warriors Head Coach position,” ZIFA said.

“The interview process for this role is set to be completed by Monday, 29 July.

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“ZIFA remains committed to appointing the most qualified and capable coaches to lead our national teams. We believe that these appointments will significantly contribute to the development and success of Zimbabwean football on the international stage.”

The shortlisted candidates are Gerard Nus, Michael Nees, Marcio Maximo Barcellos, Antoine Hey, and Winfried Schäfer.

FIFA’s commitment to funding the coach’s salary has been a game-changer, allowing ZIFA to attract top talent.

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The association said it is determined to find the best fit to lead the Warriors to victory.

 

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Gastronomy takes center stage as Victoria Falls hosts UN tourism forum

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BY BAYANDA NKATHA

Victoria Falls is set to host the inaugural United Nations Tourism Regional Forum on Gastronomy for Africa this week, a first for the continent.

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The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry expects around 10 000 attendees, particularly on the first day, which will feature an official opening ceremony presided over by President Mnangagwa on Friday.

The conference, taking place at Elephant Hills Golf Course, will then proceed with delegates from around the world.

Zimbabwe was chosen to host the forum in recognition of first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa’s efforts to promote gastronomy tourism through her cookout competition and humanitarian work with the Angel of Hope Foundation.

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This event offers Victoria Falls the opportunity to showcase its capacity for hosting large events, as it has done in the past, and allows locals to benefit from the tourism value chain.

A UN Tourism technical delegation visited Victoria Falls two months ago and was impressed by the city’s readiness.

Tourism Minister Barbara Rwodzi confirmed that preparations are almost complete, saying, “We are ready, with preparations at 98%, and look forward to hosting the event.”

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The forum aims to empower local communities to participate in the tourism sector and benefit from the value chain.

Notably, Victoria Falls co-hosted the UN World Tourism Organisation Summit with Zambia’s Livingstone City in 2013.

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