Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) Sports Academy last week offered scholarships to two primary school athletes from Nyava Primary School after a three day talent identification camp.
Paidamoyo Sekede and Christian Musekiwa from Nyava Primary were offered long term scholarships of up to University level with all academic and sporting requirements fully met by the academy.
Two other atheletes, Eunice Pandiwa from Chipadze Primary and Junior Nhare from Trojan Primary were also offered a grant of US$500 each towards their sports, school fees and education-related needs from Iba Mbaye Foundation.
Through this gesture the young athletes have automatically joined the National Sports Academy as talentees.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and BUSE Sports Academy co-hosted the event held from the 6th-8th of April with the endeavor of training, educating, testing the young athletes on athletics, World Anti-Doping Agency and Olympic values.
Two hundred athletes from primary schools in Bindura District participated in the talent identification programme and twenty athletes were selected for further training.
BUSE Sports Academy Chairman, Commissioner Titus Zvomuya said this was a developmental process and there is need to catch them whilst they are still young and begin to nurture and groom athletes who are able to bring back home the much needed medals.
“I am happy that the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has managed to join us through the Iba Mbaye Fellowship programme and their continued support will be really appreciated and will go a long way in nurturing young talent”, said Comm Zvomuya.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee availed US$2 000 towards the event and assured the continuity of the identification programme annually, an initiative welcomed by the sports academy.