Zambia Athletics Association President Elias Mpondela flanked by Larfage Chief Financial Officer Chrissie Moloseni speaking to journalists during the Larfage Lusaka Marathon 2018 launch at Larfage cement

The Inter-Company Relay (ICR) Chairperson Elias Mpondela says the ICR project has contributed immensely to the development of sport and athletics in the country.

Mr. Mpondela said ICR is not a profit making project as it was initiated in 1999 by the Zambia Amateur Athletic Association (ZAAA) to raise funds for the development and promotion of athletics in the country and also promoting an integrated approach to health response and wellness.

He was speaking at the official launch of the multi-choice 20th anniversary of the inter- company relay under the theme, ‘20 years of promoting wellness and athletics.”

Mr. Mpondela noted that ICR brings together corporate, civil and government leaders and the community at large.

He said they will provide testing and screening of various medical conditions during the relay which will be held on 16th June 2018.

He further said ICR has enabled ZAAA, through the funds raised to participate favorably at the African championships, world championships, commonwealth, continental and Olympic Games as well as the ongoing Gold coast games in Australia.

And Multi Choice Zambia Managing Director, Ngoza Matakala said they are honored to be the main sponsors of this year’s ICR and that they have been partners since its inception.

Ms. Matakala announced a sponsorship package of K200, 000 towards the successful hosting of the 20th edition of the ICR.

She further urged the public to look forward to the biggest football spectacle on the world stage, the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Is Lusaka Times taking part? If so who is running? Guys let me represent you – I can jog 10kms in 45 minutes!

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    • It has been Mpondela forever …..how do u have any progress in an organisation. But then again FAZ tells u change doesn’t always mean for the better…. But with frequency of change u increase the probability of landing a progressive team

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  2. “Mr. Mpondela said ICR is not a profit making project as it was initiated in 1999 by the Zambia Amateur Athletic Association (ZAAA)”

    Really laughable …this Mpondela was Director at ZAAA back then 1999, now he has jumped on another gravy train to fund his lifestyle.

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  3. Mr.Mpondela with due respect I am requesting you to step down for failure to develop athletics in Zambia.What sports development are you talking about?Company fun run.The Commonwealth Games are taking place right now and its an embarrassment for a country like Zambia to miss out on the medals table.Look at Botswana.a country of just over two million population, yet so far they have 2 gold medals and a silver medal.
    Infight has played a big role in this disruption of athletics in Zambia.
    Please step down and allow those capable to revamp sports in Zambia.Twasebana bane pafula

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  4. I equally get upset whenever I hear Elias Mpondela’s name with regards to athelatics. He has done nothing worth mentioning for the sport. Instead he has unnecessarily held onto a position which if held by younger more innovative minds would have taken the sport to greater heights. In other countries, the equivalent of the ICR would be a major franchise up for grabs to the highest bidder every year…but because it has been mismanaged in previous years, no one is interested and he instead has to go begin for the peanuts. Under normal circumstances multichoice would be a media partner and not a core sponsor. Of that $20K from multichoice you can bet Elias will pocket atleast $5K in all sorts of allowances. Thanks to FAZ it is now public knowledge how lucrative these positions are and why…

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    • This Mpondela man was at ZAAA forever there is nothing he did there but take up athletics airplane seats with his girlfriends…there is no money he can raise apart from stealing from donors. He should not be allowed anywhere near Zambian sport!!

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  5. people like mpondela, Andrew kamanga are reasons why sport can never grow in zambia! He sends SUWILANJI mpondela when we have alot of people better than her, its family first, very sad state of affairs in zambia

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  6. Ministry of sport, this is your baby, on Mpondela you have failed us as if you have gone blind, is he a like president of this association????????????

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