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ZIMBABWE Handball Federation president Amon Madzvamuse yesterday announced that Zimbabwe have pulled out of the annual Umlazi invitational tournament set for Durban, South Africa, this month.

Six teams — three apiece for the women and men’s category — Churchill, Allan Wilson, Kwenda, Danhamombe, and Harare Girls High were scheduled to represent the country from December 14-16 in a two countries challenge tournament in Durban.

Madzvamuse said they were forced to cancel the teams’ trip to Durban because their preparations were continually disrupted by the recent chaos at the Zimbabwe school exams council that included the leaking and subsequently the rewriting of three papers that leaked at Whata Secondary School in Lower Gweru.

The pool of players set to compete in the Durban tournament were the Under-20 age-group with the majority being exam classes.

“Our age-group that we were going to field were the Under-20 and most are exam classes so they were affected by the issue to do with exams rewriting.

“The federation does not operate in a vacuum and so we also have to be sensitive to what is happening locally and conform to what is there.

“With the leaking of papers and the re-writing calendar we just saw that it would not be possible and it would be putting those (players) affected under pressure to focus on the tournament and their exams concurrently.

“Under these circumstances it was difficult to have consistent preparations because they also have to focus on their exam preparations so several times practice sessions were abandoned.

“With this in mind and considering the ill-state of our team’s preparedness we thought that the only route for us was to opt out and we have already communicated as much to the host (South Africa).”

Madzvamuse said they were hopeful the tournament would be held again early next year in January, all things being equal.

Source : The Herald