Zimbabwe sends 21-man Games team to Manchester
27 June 2002
Zimbabwe come to the Games with competitors in nine sporting events.
Zimbabwe are optimistic of success in the Stadium
The Zimbabwean team will compete in athletics, swimming and diving, lawn bowls, blind bowls, triathlon, cycling, boxing, squash, judo and gymnastics.
Robert Mutsauki, the general manager of the team, said everything was in place and the respective sports associations were busy preparing their athletes for the Games.
The team which will be accompanied by 15 officials, and will arrive in Manchester on 19 July.
The priority for the Zimbabwean’s will be to ensure a successful Commonwealth Games on the running track.
All six members of the athletics team are men, and between them they hold most of the Zimbabwean medal winning prospects. 400m runner Talkmore Nyongani, will appear at the World Junior Championships in Jamaica next month to boost his profile ahead of the Games.
Secretary of Athletics Zimbabwe Thabani Gonye said: "All the athletes know very well that our selection was that only medal prospects are going to the Games but certainly it is not possible for everybody to bring home a medal.”
Meanwhile triathlon coach, David Gardener said his sole representative Rory Mackie was in strong contention for a medal. He said: "Currently Mackie is training very hard at the Olympic Training Institute in Colorado, USA, and I hope he will gain invaluable experience.”
The Zimbabweans also have high hopes in boxing. Secretary of the Zimbabwe Amateur Boxing Association, Moses Makhula, said: "The boxers who will represent the country have been in camp for a month. Morale in the camp is high. We are hoping to bring home some medals."
Charles Mathieson, the swimming coach, said: "We have drawn out our programme. We are preparing hard for the Games." He said he felt his team is one of the favourites to fly the nation's flag high at the games.
Minister of Education, Sport and Culture, Aeneas Chigwedere, said the whole nation will be rallying behind the athletes and they should in turn give their best performance.
Athletics: Brian Dzingai, T Nyongani, Lewis Banda, Tawanda Chiwira, Elijah Mutandiro, Jeffrey Masvanhise.
Aquatics: Kirsty Coventry and Mandy Leach.
Boxers: Victor Masunga and Shinga Tom.
Gymnastics: C. Orange.
Triathlon: R. Mackie.
Blind Bowls: C. Sibanda.
Lawn Bowls: R. Garden, J. Rigby, P. Landman, C. Howard.
Boxing: V. Masunga , S. Tom.
Judo: P. Zindoga, M. Nyabvumo.
Swimming: M. Leach, K. Coventry.
Squash: J. Englebrecht, M. Martin.