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THE Heath Streak Multi-Sports Academy will be launched officially on May 25 by Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Andrew Langa. It is the initiative of Streak, the former Zimbabwe cricket team captain, and Indian-born sports management guru Joseph Rego.

The announcement was made on Thursday evening by Rego after his meeting with Langa which lasted 20 minutes.

Rego is the chief executive and executive director of the academy founded last year.

“I would like to thank the minister for accepting our invite. He has no doubt that this dream will bear positive fruits that will make cricket the pride of Zimbabweans when the academy starts churning out cricket stars of note in the next three to five years,” said Rego.

The Indian national said with the preparatory work that had been done on the ground he was confident that the initiative would bear positive fruits.

He said five years was a good period to expect good returns from the project.

Rego said there were rapid improvements to the facility in the last three months.

He sung the praises of Bulawayo businessman Raj Modi, who has been the financial backbone of the multi-sports facility.

“Modi’s generous contributions to society have been invaluable and thanks to his huge financial support Bulawayo now has a place on the world map as a sports and tourist destination,” said Rego.

Rego is dedicating this project to President Mugabe.

“I have heard that the President has long professed his love for cricket. He said he wanted everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe as he envisaged a nation of gentlemen,” Rego said.

The chief executive of the academy confirmed the appointment of Bulawayo businessman Elifasi Mashaba as chairman of the organisation.

“He is a man with a vision whose goal is identifying and nurturing less-fortunate talented kids from the underprivileged environs of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The launch of the academy will mark the beginning of the “Heath Streak Academy T20 Cricket League”.

It will feature two teams of talented school boys one led by Heath Streak and the other by a well known international cricketer whose name has been kept under wraps, hosted by Choppies Zimbabwe and Steward Bank.

Heath Streak multi-sports academy boasts of a world-class cricket facility with former Zimbabwean cricket coach Streak and Level Three coach Gavin Ewing, John Nyumbu, Godwill Mamhiyo, Tasmeen Granger, Trevor Phiri and Chris Phiri all part of the team.

Rego said other sporting disciplines like swimming, rugby and soccer would be accommodated at the facility with well qualified coaches in charge.

Source : The Herald