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Zimbabwe Olympics Committee Hopes to Ship Extra Athletes to Paris 2024 Olympics


With lower than six months earlier than the 2024 Paris Olympics kicks off in France, the Zimbabwe Olympics Committee (Zimbabwe Olympics Committee) remains to be hopeful that extra athletes can qualify so as to add to the acquiring numbers.

At this time second, solely two athletes have certified for Paris 2024, long-distance runner Issac Mpofu and rower Stephen Cox.

Zimbabwe had 5 athletes through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the bottom ever representatives as in comparison with all of the earlier editions.

Initially, ZOC had set a goal of sending ten particular person athletes and one crew sport however the dream appears to be in useless as all crew sports activities have failed and hope is now on a number of particular person athletes in swimming and athletics.

“We’re nonetheless hoping for eight or extra athletes to qualify, our goal was ten and we stay optimistic that we’ll have extra athletes qualifying.

“There may be nonetheless sufficient qualifying time in different sporting disciplines like athletics and swimming which can finish in June.

“So we’re giving them sufficient help we are able to, by way of the solidarity funding however nonetheless it is not sufficient.

“We’re doing our greatest to work with completely different nationwide sports activities federations and assist every the place there’s a probability for his or her athletes to qualify and see how finest we are able to chip in,” stated Rick Fulton who’s the chairman for technical and improvement on the ZOC on Monday throughout a press convention held in Harare.

Already Stephen Cox and Issac Mpofu have began their intense preparation for the worldwide occasion.

Cox is presently in Australia the place he’s going by way of his coaching whereas Mpofu is tenting in Harare.

Though there’s loads of criticism on why Mpofu is conducting his coaching camp in Harare as an alternative of going to overseas international locations which have related climate situations to host nation France, the long-distance runner instructed the media on Monday that he’s comfortable with coaching in Harare.

He stated, “I believe the atmosphere does not contribute a lot, it is all about your mindset as a person as a result of, on the finish of the day, all I have to do is imagine in myself and work arduous.

“Individuals are at all times asking why I’m not going to do my coaching camp in international locations like Kenya however actually I’m okay right here in Zimbabwe.”

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