by Kenneth Moyo |
The Schools Annual Sports and Science Festival are one of the most trending activities in Zimbabwe’s schools this year. It provides an amazing competitive environment for students from all over the nation to showcase their talents in academic, sports and arts.
“SASSAF is an event where by student showcase their talents in science, sports and in arts”
“SASSAF is an event where by student showcase their talents in science, sports and in arts, said Mrs K Nkomo, Nkulumane High SASSAF organiser. Mrs Nkomo said the SASSF program starts at school level and then we go on to cluster level, district level, provincial level and then final national level.
During the first term students participate at school level and cluster level and the second term they go on to district level and provincial level.
Mrs Nkomo said, “The new curriculum emphasizes on hands on, no student is said to be dull. We portfolio each student so that when they finish school they have at least one thing that they have achieved from school.”
Figure Nkulumane High School student display WUSHU
The events lined up for sports displays up included Dram Majorettes, Soccer for girls and boys, Basketball for boys and girls, Net ball, volley ball and Rugby.
In addition to conventional games, there was Wushu. Wushu is a Chinese martial art. It was one of eight sports being considered for a single spot in the 2020 Olympics. In May 2013 the IOC decided to drop wushu from the shortlist. Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found wushu short listed with another 7 sports, but again it was dropped from the list.
Wushu is both an exhibition and full-contact sport, derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Wushu competitions are generally divided into two disciplines- taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring). Wushu is a sport developed in China in the 1940’s. The goal was to standardize the practice of traditional martial arts. Wushu actually means martial arts in Chinese: Wu means military or martial, and Shu means art.