MORE than 200 darts players are expected to compete in the National Heroes Closed tournament at RBZ Sports Club this morning.
The tournament is expected to run up to Tuesday when the participants will be presented with prizes for their efforts.
National Darts Association of Zimbabwe president Meynard Moyo said eight provinces had indicated that they would participate in this year’s tournament.
"We are expecting players from
Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland
South, Midlands, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Bulawayo and the hosts Harare.
"Competition in the games has been on the increase."Mashonaland East are the defending champions and they seem to have an equally strong team again this year.
"The darts tournament is an annual event and it is now in its 29th edition and was put in memory of our heroes.
"I believe the best team will win.
"We want all those who want to watch and learn darts to come since most people think it is a game of drunkards, when it an interesting game.
"Our official opening is at 11:30am tomorrow (today) and our prize-giving and the closing ceremony is on at 9am on August 10," said Moyo.
Mash East top seed Peter Mulukhula is confident his side will put all it takes for them to defend their title.
"It will not be easy for other provinces
to wrestle the trophy from us, said
Individual events for men are going to be
interesting with the top player in Zone
Six David Nyemba from Mashonaland West back in top form but he will have to contend with Mulukhulu and Moses Ndlovu from Bulawayo.
In the women’s category, defending champions Midlands have also vowed to retain their trophy.
In other women’s games Melody Gezana from Manicaland looks set to upset top seeds, Tabeth Zhoya and Sibabone Mamwiri both from Midlands.
By Mbachi Mutukula-Maregere