Draught enthusiasts can now play their beloved sport competitively after it was recently registered by the Sports and Recreation Commission as a sport.

Perhaps one of the most popular games played by workers during lunch, draught has a rich history in Zimbabwe.

It has over the years been a tool that has brought communities together as people engage in deep conversation while playing the game.

While it was widely known as a pastime, draught was recently launched as an official sport with Hatcliffe playing host to an exciting tournament which saw Intercity coming out tops.

La Liga was second with Hatcliffe ending third.

President of the newly registered sport code Andrew Gwatidzo says growing the sport as well as promoting it as a form of recreation are among major priorities.

Draught is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces.

The sport is played in several countries across the globe and has over the years risen into a competitive sport with countries such as Poland, Russia, Brazil, Spain and the Czech Republic among countries boasting of competitive leagues.