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Michael Kariati

Michael Kariati is one of the most reknowned sports writers in the Zimbabwe media circles. His sports writing and broadcasting career spans over 29 years, having started off as a sports writer for the Sunday Gazette in 1993.

He has worked as Sports Editor for the popular Zimbabwean weekly newspaper, The Standard, for which he still writes a widely read column, Inside Sport, 19 years after he left the Sunday paper.

Apart from the column, he also makes other regular contributions to the paper’s sports pages.

He also served as Group Sports Editor for the now defunct Sunday and Daily Mirror newspapers and also worked as a Sports Writer for Parade Magazine, and the Daily Gazette.

Kariati who is 51 years old was also the Zimbabwean correspondent for the influential London based African Soccer Magazine before it stopped circulation. He also used to write for the Zimbabwean newspaper, as well as The Harare News, a monthly newspaper.

Since 2002 and up to now, Kariati has been working as a Stringer for Voice of America’s Studio Seven, an Africa radio service devoted to Zimbabwe--specializing more in sport and at times in entertainment news.

He was crowned the Zimbabwean Boxing Writer of the Year in 1994 and 1998 for his outstanding coverage of the sport and in 2001 won the Zimbabwe Cabs/Old Mutual Golf Writer of the Year Award.

As Sports Editor of various newspapers at certain points, some of the top sportswriters who have passed through Kariati’s hands are Edison Chikamhi now with the daily Herald, Tawanda Tafirenyika with the Newsday, Langton Nyakwenda with the Sunday Mail, and Farirayi Kahwemba who writes for the South African football website Kick Off.

Kariati covers all sporting disciplines from cricket to tennis via football, boxing, bodybuilding, gymnastics, motor racing, athletics, swimming and others.

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The Zimbabwe cricket team has been on a free fall for too long including the T20 match which gave India history by winning for the first time by 10 wickets. Michael Kariati tells us what this means to Zimbabwean cricket.



Zimbabwean football was riddled with allegations of match fixing when the Warriors travellled to Asia culminating in former Zimbabwe Football Association Chief Executive Officer Henritta Rushwaya being fired. After Asiagate, Rushwaya faced fresh allegations this time of trying to fix Zimbabwe's Africa Cup of Nations qualifers.

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