Nyahora screams “Betrayal!”

Celebrated long-distance runner, Rutendo Nyahora, has attacked the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe for alleged gross nepotism and disregard for her success.

Neglected winner - Nyahora
Neglected winner – Nyahora

“Honestly, I’m not happy with the board. Why are they always snubbing me for tournaments, despite my success? I have done well in a number of races both here and at home, but it looks like my efforts are not being recognised,” fumed the Pretoria-based athlete.

“I have twice been awarded a prize of Best Female Athlete by Athletics South Africa – in 2011 and 2012, but my country is not even recognising and supporting me.” She has not been contacted ahead of any Zimbabwean athletics awards, which are apparently done “secretly”, giving her the impression that her homeland was “not proud of me”.

“I respect all those who have been nominated for the country’s top athletics awards, but I still believe I have been the most successful of them all,” she said.

“Last year, I beat every athlete at home including Sharon Tavengwa, Tabitha Tsatsa and Faith Kamangira, but they were all nominated for top honours ahead of me,” said a disappointed Nyahora.

“While I understand that they could have chosen Sharon because of her participation in the London 2012 Olympics and Tsatsa has been running successfully in local marathons, but what has Faith achieved? Her nomination showed me that at home, failure can be rewarded ahead of success.”

Contacted for comment, NAAZ President, Tendai Tagara, kept promising to respond to emailed questions, but did not do so.

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