Zambia Sugar win, Zanaco cry foul

PARTICIPANTS from various companies during the MultiChoice Inter-Company Relay at Lusaka Showgrounds yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

ZAMBIA Sugar Plc yesterday retained the Inter-Company Relay (ICR) title at Lusaka Showgrounds.
Apart from defending the title, Zambia Sugar emerged victorious in the manufacturing category while Zambia National Service took the overall second position and first in the defence and security category.
Confusion, however, reigned in the commercial banks category that saw Standard Chartered Bank collect the first prize at the expense of Zanaco.
Zanaco, who fielded seven teams won the commercial banks category but were given the third prize which they later returned as Indo Zambia scooped the second position.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association president (ZAAA) president Elias Mpondela told Zanaco to lodge in a complaint with the ICR organising committee.
The government ministries category saw Ministry of Finance, whose deputy minister Christopher Mvunga flagged off the 5-kilometre health walk, scooping the first prize while Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Youth and Sport emerged second and third respectively.
The Road Safety and Transport Agency (RTSA) emerged victorious in the regulatory bodies’ category with Bank of Zambia Ndola finishing second.
In the media category, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) scooped the first and third positions while Muvi TV were second with Zambia Daily Mail taking the fourth slot.
ZNBC entered more than two teams.
Copperbelt Energy Corporation were winners in the energy category and fourth best dressed team.
Title sponsors MultiChoice emerged overall best dressed team.
Former first lady Christine Kaseba, who was guest of honour, commended ZAAA for creating a health awareness platform.
Kaseba appealed to Government to support athletics and that the event has created a platform for networking apart from promoting peace and unity in the country.
“Athletics should be accorded the same importance as other major sports in the country. Please give more money to sport and athletics,” she said.
Chinese ambassador Yang Youming, who participated in the health walk, said Chinese investment in Zambia, has not only beneffited the country economically but socially as well.
Yang was impressed with the increasing number of Chinese firms participating in the ICR.
A total of 17 Chinese companies took part in the 17th edition of the IRC.

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