Special Olympics team buoyant

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s Special Olympics team is confident of winning medals at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games set to start this weekend in Los Angeles, United States.

At least 6 500 athletes and 2 000 coaches representing 165 countries along with 30 000 volunteers and an anticipated 500 000 spectators are expected to converge in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2.

The 22-member Zimbabwe team for the World Games left Harare yesterday oozing with confidence.

Zimbabwe will be represented by  eight golfers and seven in athletes.

“I think we have a good team and obviously our target is to come back home with many medals,” Special Olympics Zimbabwe board member, Viola Musariri, who is also head of delegation said at the send-off ceremony yesterday.

“We expect our athletes to put an impressive performance. In athletics we bank on the likes of Nyasha Derera while in golf we pin our hopes on Munyaradzi Musariri

“The main mission for Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts.

“We are truly and sincerely grateful to our community of companies, associations, civic agencies who have made these World Games possible by providing funds, awareness support and value in kind.”

The objective of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Since 1968, the Special Olympics stage the World Games alternating between Winter and Summer games.

Zimbabwe team

Golf: Munyaradzi Musariri, Tungamirai Mudyanadzo, Viren Mehta, Reagan Robison, Tsitsi Maponda, Ethel Chatambudza, Patience Mudarikwa, Daidirai Jack

Track and Field: Elizabeth Moyo, Nyasha Karima, Nyasha Derera, Kudakwashe Makuyana, Vaclavy Nyamakombe, Israel Washari, Tafadzwa Mutasa

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