TZ to decide Davidson fate

HARARE - Triathlon Zimbabwe (TZ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is set to decide whether want-away national team coach Wayne Davidson stays or he is replaced.

Davidson has been dropped from travelling with the junior national team to Egypt for next month’s Sharm El Sheik ATU Triathlon African Championships after triathletes allegedly wrote a letter to TZ demanding his ouster.

Zimbabwe is sending a six-member team for the championships namely: Gideon Benade, Drew Williams, Gabrielle de Chassart, Alexander Colegrave, Rebecca Duncan and Karishma Patel.

The games will take place on May 9 to 10 and in Davidson’s absence Pam Fulton will be the coach.

Rick Fulton, TZ president, said the issue of the national coach will be dealt with on June 7 at the AGM.

“Triathlon Zimbabwe has resolved the internal issue regarding the National Junior team travelling to Egypt,” Fulton said.

“Pam Fulton will be the travelling coach as she did so for the Youth Games in Nanjing and also to the South African Championships owing to Mr Davidson’s unavailability.

“The position of the national coach will be dealt with at the forthcoming association’s annual general meeting to be held on June 7. TZ would certainly retain Mr Davidson if he is willing to continue.

“Following the recent National Championships at Troutbeck, we are very happy with the athlete’s preparations and are confident that we have some medal potential.”

Davidson believes that the athletes are being influenced by elements outside TZ to have him relieved of his duties.

“I’m not going with the team to Egypt, the athletes said they don’t want me to be the team coach,” Davidson told the Daily News.

“I’m very upset about that and at the end of it all it seems I was wasting my team and effort when I devoted myself even free of charge to triathlon and this is what I get in return.

“I spoke to Triathlon Zimbabwe officials and they said they can’t do anything about.”

Davidson’s daughter, Skye one of the country’s top triathletes has been missing in action owing to an injury and the current developments are likely to affect her triathlon career.

“She’s stopped doing triathlon now since she picked up an injury. She got a silver medal at African Cycling Championships so her focus is on cycling at the moment and she has been invited by the UCI for a month-long cycling training course in July,” Davidson said of Skye.

“Obviously, she’s seeing all this chaos happening in the sport which could affect her. The sport is losing athletes left, right and centre but they (Triathlon Zimbabwe) are doing nothing about it.”

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