ZIMBABWEAN golfer Scott Vincent, who qualified for this month’s Tokyo Olympics after he managed to remain in the top 60 in the Olympic Golf Ranking, is optimistic of doing well in Japan saying the games would provide him with a great opportunity to showcase what he is made of.
The 29-year-old Vincent finished 51st when the cut-off for golf qualification was done late last month.
“It’s very exciting for me and my family to get a chance to represent the country. While we need more Zimbabwean golfers at such games I’m looking forward to a good performance. I’m going there to learn, it’s a great opportunity for me to showcase what I’m made of. I have been training well for one of the biggest events in the world,” said Vincent.
Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) president Mufaro Chivonivoni said: “Qualifying for the Olympics is a gruesome process, well done to Scott for achieving that. We have done the best we can to make sure that administratively we provide everything that Vincent needed to qualify. As ZGA, we are responsible for the equipment and uniforms for Scott so that his focus will be on the golf course.”
Golf at the Olympics will take place at Kasumigaseki Country Club from 29 July to 1 August for men and 4-7 August for women.
At the games, Zimbabwe will also be represented at the Olympics that get under way in Japan on 23 July by the swimming duo of Donata Katai, Peter Wetzlar, sprinter Ngoni Makusha, and rower Peter Purcell-Gilpin.
While Vincent as well as Purcell-Gilpin directly qualified for the Olympics, Katai, Wetzlar and Makusha are heading to Japan on universality slots.
Lindsy Cole is the swimming coach, Makusha will be under the mentorship of Pakamile Lisimati while Vincent is going to Japan with Kelsey Vincent together with Zimbabwe Golf Association president Mufaro Chivonivoni. The rowing coach and manager is James Stephenson.
Fredrick Ndlovu is the country’s chef de mission, Memory Pakati will be in charge of administration and Abigail Mnikwa is the team physiotherapist. The country’s total delegation to Japan is made up of 18, that is, five athletes and 13 officials.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Zimbabwe sent a delegation of 57 to Brazil, these being 31 athletes and 26 officials. The athletes were nine men and 22 women that competed in seven different sports. It was the nation’s largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics in a non-boycotting edition and the second-largest overall in history, a huge difference to the seven athletes who attended the London Olympics four years earlier.
Among the sports represented by the nation’s athletes, Zimbabwe marked its Olympic debut in equestrian and women’s football, as well as its return to archery after nearly three decades.