Zambia Amateur Athletic Association (ZAAA) president, Alias Mpondela has appealed to Copperbelt based companies to support the first ever and inaugural Copperbelt Inter-company relay. Mpondela was speaking in Ndola on Friday and was accompanied by Copperbelt Minister, Bowman Lusambo among other officials.
ZAAA has partnered with Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) for this Inaugural Copperbelt Inter-Company Relay Under the Theme “We Are One, by Acting Together We Can Win.” The Event will Take Place on 7th October at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, from 06:00 am. The Copperbelt Inter-Company Relay in Ndola will hold among other races a 7 Km Health Walk, a 12.5 km Marathon.
Other Activities that will take place at the Copperbelt Inter-Company Relay in Ndola includes Tug of War, Free Testing for Various Medical Conditions, Dinner for Participants who have purchased Dinner Tickets and various other activities.
To be successful, the Copperbelt Marathon will need to get the Chamber of Mines on board and ensure that the top Copperbelt based mining and related companies that includes Mopani Copper Mines, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Konkola Copper Mines, CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines, Chambeshi Metals and the Ndola’s based Cement & Lime Companies.
Athletics is one sports disciplines that Zambia has been able to make a mark globally and this extension from the Single Lusaka Inter-company relay to now have the Copperbelt Inter-company relay will provide an expansion platform for Athletics in Zambia. The funds raised from this event will then be used to sponsor the Copperbelt Regional Athletics competitions to expand the base for selection of Athletes to represent the nation at regional and global competitions.
The Copperbelt Province with the newly opened mines in North Western Province is Zambia’s Mining and Industrial hub. The region which had come under stress following depressed red metal prices and power bottlenecks is now rebounding in tandem with the positive trend of global copper prices, which is the main natural endowment for the region.