ZOC prepares for 2008

BY SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC)is seriously considering winning more medals in the forthcoming Olympic Games scheduled for Beijing, China in 2008 as they started organizing international scholarships for their top athletes. In an interview, the ZOC Presid

ent, Robert Mutsauki, said his organization had already engaged a number of partners in the corporate sector with a view to secure sound sponsorship for the project.

At the same time we are applying for Olympic scholarships for some of our top athletes in the hope that we can access funding from both local and external sources. We are hoping to send a bigger and stronger team to Beijing. The challenge will be to get more medals than the three we won in Athens through swimmer Kirsty Coventry, said Mutsauki.

He said ZOC was seriously looking at clinching a medal each in the sporting disciplines such as swimming, athletics, shooting, triathlon, cycling, tennis, womens hockey and football.

Mutsauki was quick to point out that winning of the eight medals would be subject to qualification by the respective individual athletes and teams.

The final Zimbabwe Games Team will obviously be smaller than the current pool of athletes. It will not be easy for team sports like hockey or football to qualify but if one of the teams qualifies then it means that the Zimbabwe team at the Games will be a big one but sometimes quality is more important than quantity.

Our teams competing at the Olympics tend to be small because this is the highest level of competition and the standards are therefore very high but what is even more difficult is to win medals at that level; an issue that needs to be appreciated by both the media and the public, said Mutsauki. -CAJ News

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