Mujaji bounces back with academy

Paralympics legend Elliot Mujaji has bounced back in the sport- setting an athletics academy in his home town of Zvishavane.

Paralympics legend Elliot Mujaji
Paralympics legend Elliot Mujaji

The initiative is set to see the unlocking of hidden talents in the province from both the able-bodied and disabled athletes who battle to surface on the limelight due to resource constraints.

“The whole objective behind the setting up of the academy which will be based at Maglas stadium in Zvishavane, is set to promote the athletics potential of the province and also plough back to the community that saw us shooting into fame,” said Mujaji.

The double amputee was an instant hit at the 2002 Sydney Paralympics games and the 2004 World Championships, where he clocked the 10.91 seconds in 100 meters and 21.88 seconds in 200 meters sprint races- bagging gold in the successes.

“A number of guys who also excelled in athletics in the past will be part of the project. They include William Chuwa, long distance roadrunner Kudakwashe Shoko and sprinter Jeffrey Wilson. We want to combine our experiences for the better,” said Mujaji.

In the recent past, Mujaji who lost his arm when he was struck by a live electric current in 1998, has been working with the Midlands Paralympics team.

In 2013, he helped the province clinch the highest gold medals at the national competitions held at Chinhoyi University of Technology in Mashonaland West. “Sponsorship issues of the academy are what we are now seized with.

However, there have been some promises. On the other hand, we want to encourage other potential sponsors to come on board and assist in this noble cause,” pleaded Mujaji.

In the past, government has been reluctant to bankroll athletics an occurrence that has largely hampered success of the sport. Paralympics teams have been the most hard-hit and hopes are high that the initiative of Mujaji, who commands huge respect due to his previous records, will go a long way in exciting sponsors to support him.

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