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It was a harvest of three gold, four silver and three bronze medals as team ZIMRA continued to excel in the Inter-Revenue Authority Games. The games were held in Mangochi, Malawi from March 30, 2018 to April 1, 2018 under the theme bringing tax into play.

 

The sporting extravaganza took place with Zimbabwe joining other Revenue Authorities from the region including Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho and the hosts Malawi. The official opening ceremony was held on 31 March with the Commissioner General of Malawi Revenue Authority officially opening the games.

In his keynote speech, , Mr Tom Malata highlighted the importance of the Inter- revenue games in promoting fellowship, and sharing of ideas among tax revenue administrators in the region.

Among the delegates who attended the official opening ceremony was the Commissioner General of Botswana Unified Revenue Services, Mr Can Morris, the Commissioner General of ZIMRA, Ms Faith Mazani and ZIMRA board members, Mr Nation Madongorere and Mr Percy Toriro.

On the field of play, participants from ZIMRA excluded an insatiable appetite for success and were very competitive in every discipline. In the tug-of-war competition, defending champions, ZIMRA swept the other teams by the way side to take the gold. In volley ball and darts, ZIMRA struck gold after facing immense completition from Zambia and Botswana respectively.

In netball, the ladies lost to their first three games to Botswana, Lesotho and to the quick footed and eventual winners, Zambia. Their consolation victory against Malawi was not enough to secure a place on the medals podium.

The ZIMRA soccer team found the going tough, as they came empty handed after facing heart-breaking defeats in all their games. Their gaffer Martin Muponda attributed the dismal performance his team to complacency.

In athletics, ZIMRA managed to scoop two silver medals in the men’s 200 metres and the men’s 100 metres while the 4 x 100 m team settled for bronze.

Arguably the fair play moment of the games went to ZIMRA for offering their tug of war boots to their Zambian counterparts. The moment arose after there was an argument in the Malawi and Zambia tug of war game, the Zambians used soccer boots and the Malawians protested that the Zambians they are gaining an unfair advantage by using these and demanded that they play bare footed. The Zambians refused and threatened to forfeit the fixture if forced to play bare footed. ZIMRA then offered the Zambians their tug of war boots and the games continued. Without a doubt, this was one of the highlights of the games and cannot go without mention.

The Zambians emerged as the overall winners of the 2018 games and popularised their victory chant “Paipa pano”.

The 2019 edition of the Inter-Revenue Authority Games will be held in Botswana and the Commissioner General of Botswana Unified Revenue Services, Mr Can Morris promised that next years’ games will be the best they ever have seen and that they will be held at a yet to be decided place in Botswana.

 

ZIMRA medalists

Medal

Sport

Gold

Volley ball

Gold

Darts

Gold

Tag of war

Silver

Men’s 200m Athletics (Makwiva Nzou Tinashe)

Silver

Pool

Silver

Table tennis

Silver

Men’s 100m Athletics (Duncan Mudini)

Bronze

Men’s 4x100m Athletics

Bronze

Beach Volley ball

Bronze

Basketball