RANL sponsorship under threat?

26 May, 2020 - 12:05 0 Views
RANL sponsorship under threat?


Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter

Following the out break of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the global economy to it’s knees, the issue of sponsorship in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League now hangs in the balance.

RANL is one of the most sponsored league in the country after its sole sponsor Pickglow Trading last year unveiled a total of zw11million dollars or USD500 000 for the development of the sport in the country.

But, just before the netballers could enjoy the good gesture by Pickglow, everything was put on halt including sporting activities.

However the uncertainty now hangs with the sponsor if he will bankroll the money toward the league following the stagnant of business across the world.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with H-Metro, Pickglow trading managing director, Mr Aaron Chinhara said they don’t want to make a rushed decision but will stand guided by how events unfolds.

“Yes, when lockdown started most business were affected but now with the ease on lockdown restriction, things are now getting better, we can see there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

“I think we can just wait and see how things will go, because for us to say the league will be affected or not now, it will be a rushed decision.

“We will make a decision when we are close to resume action.

“Once the government gives us the green light to resume that’s when we will asses the situation and make the right decision. For now I think its too early.

“We don’t want to cause enormity and confusion,” he said

RANL suspended its league after three weeks due to the the outbreak of COVID-19.

The league was formed in 2018 and became the first well sponsored netball league in the country.

It brought about a new face of netball that saw competition increasing.

This year, 20 teams were registered in the national league.

Since its formation, RANL has hosted a number of tournaments which includes the Independence and Heroes Cup.

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