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MASVINGO Province turned on the show to win this year’s National Paralympic Games on Sunday in Marondera. The Games ran from Thursday to Sunday at different venues with the actual competition starting on Friday and Masvingo clinched the title for the second consecutive year.

They amassed 31 medals, 15 gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.

Masvingo were followed by Mashonaland West with 38 medals, including 14 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze.

On third position were Midlands with 22 medals while Manicaland followed with a total of 16 medals.

Harare were fifth with 28 medals, six of which were gold medals.

Matabeleland South came sixth with 21 medals while Mashonaland Central settled for seventh place with 14 medals and Bulawayo were eighth with 28 medals mostly silver and bronze.

Matabeleland North scooped seven medals to finish ninth while the hosts Mashonaland East were bottom of the table with 17 medals.

Sports Commission corporate communications officer, Tirivashe Nheweyembwa, said although there were some challenges ahead of this year’s edition they managed to have a successful event with all provinces participating.

“In terms of improving technically I think we are on the right track but there is need to do more to ensure that it does not become an event. The Games should actually start at grassroots level then culminate into a national event.

“There is need for us to work flat out to ensure the corporate world comes on board. We have various organisations that came in to support the Games but I still believe that our corporate world should come on board,” Nheweyembwa said.

Nheweyembwa said the Games were also a platform to asses and select athletes for the African Union Sports Region Five Youth Games to be held in Bulawayo in December.

The visually impaired athletes compete in athletics in these Games.

The Zimbabwe Paralympic Games were started in 2008 by the Sports Commission and is the premier sporting activity for disabled people in Zimbabwe as it brings together athletes and officials from the country’s 10 provinces.

Source : The Herald