National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president Tendai Tagara says the future of athletics looks great following a partnership with JM Busha Partnership Zimbabwe will produce champions in track and field athletics as part of vision 2020.
He said the partnership could prove to be the turning point of Zimbabwean athletics and the beginning of a programme of churning out champions while spreading the sport to all areas across the country.
Tagara said the JM Busha Partnership will also see NAAZ joining forces with Botswana and the high performance centre in Potchfostroom in South Africa to improve the performance of Zimbabwean athletes.
Speaking to the ZBC News, the NAAZ president said the JM Bush track and field athletics championships which roared into life at the weekend will see Zimbabwe producing champion athletes.
Tagara said NAAZ would be joining Botswana athletics in development programmes and an attempt to improve their vision 2020 and preparing the juniors and youths for qualification at the World Youth and Africa Junior Championships later this year.
He said the coming in of JM Busha track and field athletics triangular series means that the association is now able to offer incentives and athletes will no longer move over to the road races where there are monetary rewards.
Tagara said the triangular series is a good platform for identifying and nurturing talented athletes for future major competitions such as the Junior Regional, African and World Championships and eventually the 2020 Olympics.
The events will see athletes earning points during meeting in Harare and Bulawyo and the top 16 in each category will qualify for the finals in Harare on the 25th of May, Africa Day holiday.
The final of the triangular series will showcase the best of Zimbabwean talent as they are now following an IAAF route Ofa Grand Prix with 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m events among others including long, triple and high jumps.
The first leg was held at the National Sports Stadium at the weekend while the second will be on 11 March in Bulawayo.
Athletes are coming from schools, private colleges and tertiary institutions as well as the uniformed forces.