Axcil Jefferies Cries Foul Over “Racial Discrimination”
High flying Zimbabwean motocross starlet, Axcil Jefferies feels hard done by Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation’s decision to exclude him from the Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) saying the move was racially motivated and could lead him to making “tough decisions”.
Jefferies, who finished second overall in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship in Dubai, told 263Chat that the failure to have him nominated for the ANSA was purely on racial lines as he has done enough to deserve a place among the nominees for the top sportsperson of the year award.
“White kids have had colors over the years for just competing but I have won all these years at the highest level and have nothing to show for it. We have faced racism over the years before and this exclusion only motivates me and builds me up.
In a letter addressed to ZMSF’s Ralph Stead and Rose Rushforth, Axciel’s father Suhail Jefferies registered his dissatisfaction with the kind of treatment his son has received from the local Motorsport federation.
“I refer to my Whatsapp messages to you both regarding my concern, or if I am honest my grievance regarding the treatment and handling of Axcil Jefferies race records and lack of acknowledgement from (the) ZMSF towards the fantastic achievements by Axcil over the last 17 years.
“I was absolutely shocked last week during my telephonic conversation with Rose when I asked why Axcil has still not been issued with Zimbabwe Colours and that I felt he deserved to be nominated for Sportsperson of the Year (award),” reads part of the letter.