Zab lacks stadiums
Using their own funds, the people of Zab town held a track and field championship for 14 local teams.
The lack of stadiums forced the teams to hold the championship on a piece of land on April 21. The championship was the third of its kind in the town. Sherif Ibrahim Salih, director of the Zab Youth Club complained about the lack of governmental support.
According to him, only the rich people of the town have supported them, as the town does not have any proper stadiums. Salih asked the officials to ‘care about sports’ in the town.
Although the championship was held in a poor sports environment, the Zab Health Centre provided a medical envoy to monitor the athletes in the matches, as well as providing an ambulance.
Shahab Khalaf, a successful young athlete also took part in the championship. Khalaf has rankings both in Kurdistan and Iraq, as he was ranked first in 3000 km running, and fourth in Iraq. He is ambitious and wants to take part in global championships.
Considering the poor sports environment, sports in Zab has flourished, as they have high ranks in many fields of sports.
Adnan al-Jabouri – Kirkuk Now