Team Zim buoyant aheah of Africa Youth Games

HARARE - Team Zimbabwe’s chief de mission, Addison Chiware, says Zimbabwe are in buoyant mood ahead of the Africa Youth Championship slated for May 22 to 31.

At least 61 athletes will carry the hopes of Zimbabwe in Gaborone, Botswana where top young athletes from 53 other African countries will battle for supremacy.

The Africa Youth Games will also serve as qualifiers for the Nanjing Youth Olympics in China later this year.

“The mood is buoyant. We expect a good run this time,” Chiware said yesterday.

“We have pre-departure camp tomorrow and then we leave on Tuesday.”

Chiware said he has been monitoring the training of various disciplines and everything was on track.

“We have been interacting with athletes, their managers and coaches, comparing their times with international times,” he said.

“We stand a good chance of coming with more medals this time around.

The last time around (in Morocco in 2010) we had two gold medals in athletics in the 100 and 200 metres. I see us having more across a number of disciplines.”

Chiware was grateful to a number of stakeholders for ensuring Zimbabwe’s participation at the youth continental showpiece.

“We are thankful to Zimbabwe Olympic committee and Anoca (Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa) for this opportunity.

We are also grateful for the timely sponsorship from CBZ bank and we appreciate the support of the government.”

The landlocked Southern Africa nation will welcome 2 500 junior athletes and officials with the athletes competing across 21 sporting disciplines.

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