Boost for 10 Zim athletes

HARARE - Sprinter Ngoni Makusha and swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry headline a list of Zimbabwean athletes who will receive financial and technical aid in their bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Approximately $250 000 has been allocated for the 10 athletes for the period of September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016.

The funding is being administered and managed by Olympic Solidarity, an arm of the International Olympic Committee.

Making the list of athletes that will benefit from the Olympic Athletes Scholarships is long distance runner Wirimayi Juwawo and Cuthbert Nyasango as well as sprinters Makusha and Gabriel Mvumvure.

Rowers Peter Purcell-Gilpin and 2012 Olympian Micheen Thornycroft will also be aided in having specialised coaching and regular medical and scientific assistance.

In swimming, Coventry, South Africa-based Chad Idensohn, James Lawson and Australia-based Robyn Lee have been selected to benefit from the programme.

The money will cover items agreed upon by each of the 10 athletes with the national association and the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (Zoc) in the scholarship contract.

Athletes will benefit from items ranging from access to appropriate training facilities to having a coach specialised in the relevant sporting discipline.

The athletes will also be assured of regular medical and scientific assistance and control.

They will benefit from accident and illness insurance, board and lodging costs as well as receiving adequate pocket money.

A fixed subsidy to offset travel costs to participate in the required international Olympic qualification competitions and access to technical information on the Rio Olympic Games is also on offer for the athletes.

They have the option to train at an Olympic Solidarity recognised training centre or within their own environment in which they feel comfortable.

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