Dzingai Turns Back On Zimbabwe

HARARE - Top Zimbabwe Olympic athlete Brian Dzingai has switched allegiance and will now represent the rich Gulf state Bahrain.

Joseph Mungwari, the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ)president, said the national association had released the Harare bornathlete to turn out for Bahrain adding that it was within his rights.

Brian Dzingai
Brian Dzingai

Dzingai made the application last month.

The Association's management executive committee at a meeting dated 19February 2009 has accepted your application in terms of rule 5(c)chapter 1 under International competitions which is copied hereunderfor ease of reference," further reads the NAAZ clearance letter, whichwas copied to the secretary-general of IAAF, the secretary-general ofthe Bahrain Athletics Association and the secretary-general of the AAC.

However Dzingai can only represent Bahrain in a year's time accordingto the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) "stand downprocedures".

Mungwari said: He (Dzingai) applied to us requesting to change citizenship. It is in order. It is within his rights''.

Dzingai represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,China. The United States based, went to the US on an athleticsscholarship specialises in the 200 metres. His personal best time is20.12 seconds, achieved in June 2004 and it is presently a Zimbabweanrecord.

He finished sixth at the 2006 African Championships and won a bronzemedal in the 4 x 100m relay at the 2007 All Africa Games. He alsocompeted at the 2003 World Championships, the 2004 Olympic Games andthe 2005 World Championships without reaching the final round.

Kenyan has in the past suffered the same fate as Zimbabwe where most oftheir top athletes were lured to Qatar and Bahrain for financial gainleading to President Mwai Kibaki to intervene.

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