ass=”f”>Times of Zambia by andrew Miti on 5/19/13
Coordinate dates for sports activities
THIS is one crazy action packed sports weekend where one would not know where to start from; I mean even the spectators’ loyalty is compromised.
For Lusaka alone, we have three international sports events taking place and topping the bill is the Zambia Sugar-Open Golf tournament that has attracted professional golfers from around the world, but mostly dominated by the South Africa Sunshine Tour legion.
We also have the PUMA Energy-Zambia International Motor rally which also counts towards the African Rally Championship (ARC) points going on, the Madison-sponsored International Polo tournament happening in Lilayi; coupled with the usual MTN-sponsored local soccer action.
I love soccer, but hey, I love golf more and I am a fan of motor rally, so tell me where am I supposed to go? We have ended up with divided loyalty in terms of spectatorship.
I know these are all major events on the respective sports associations’ international calendar of events; in line with their particular worldwide bodies, but I think it could be suggested to them on the dates in collaboration with the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ).
If possible, the SCZ could be brought in as the national motherbody to try and harmonise the dates in future in such a manner that they do not divide the spectatorship.
Allow me to congratulate Zambians Madalitso Muthiya and Patrick Mwendapole for making the cut from a field of 140 that had initially taken to the Lusaka Golf Course on Thursday when the Zambia Sugar-Open Golf proper started from the 25 locals that had entered the event.
By Press time, Mwendapole was two-over-par, 38 on the front nine, while Madalisto still carrying a handsome five-under-par, 68 from Round Two on Friday, and was yet to go out.
There were some interesting scores on the Round Two of the tournament’s overnight leader South African Martin du Toit running away with a 10-under-par, 63 in joint position with countryman, Sipho Bujela who sneaked in with a similar score, while with defending champion Justin Harding was lying two-under-par, 71 in joint 29th position with 12 others.
Golf is a very unpredictable sport and can go to any one. May the best player win the tournament that comes to an end today.
In motor sport taking place in and around Chisamba farm bloc area, defending African champion Mohammed Essa started the rally on a good note on Friday when he went six seconds faster on the race that was reduced to 11 drivers by Press time, while Jassy Singh who finished fourth is equally in good contention for the 2013 ARC title.
Paul Monge and Ashish Patel were knocked out technically by their cars on Friday, while Zimbabwe’s Jamie Whyte’s car cut off the service park yesterday along with two other Zambian driver Dani Beanin and Walter Wasamunu in round two of the rally that ends today at Hotel Inter-Continental in Lusaka.
Like I mentioned, people would love to watch either one of the four happenings in the world of sports, but where does one’s preference lie – Golf, motor rally, Polo or football?