FIVE athletes and eight athlete support personnel made it into the Zimbabwe delegation to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics scheduled to be held in Japan from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
The upcoming international multi-sport event saw Team Zimbabwe thrusting the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio on Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Committee, Mathias Tongofa in its travelling entourage.
“The inclusion of the Portfolio Committee Chairperson stemmed from the realisation of the need to expose our legislative support systems to high performance sport and its standard requirements which have been perennially underestimated in terms of budgetary support. It also emanates from the need for experiential learning by way of participation for informed guidance and legislative support of sport development and promotion,” said Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) personnel in a statement.
They added: “The SRC mandate includes the promotion of the highest standards of sportsmanship and to advise the Government of the needs of sport and recreation. In hope of a shift in the overall support of National Sport Associations as well as transformation of the sector into a viable industry, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee has accredited the Chairperson of the Sports and Recreation Commission as part of the NOC guests to represent the country in Tokyo. The deliberate inclusion of the SRC Chair to the world’s biggest multi-sport event takes into cognisance that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Exposure will be a meeting place of more than 200 National Olympic Committees as well as 33 different International Federations.”
Donata Katai and Peter Wetzlar will represent the country in swimming, while athletics will field Ngoni Makusha.
Vincent Scott and Peter Purcell-Gilpin will compete in golf and rowing respectively.
Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry congratulated the athletes and said it had not been easy qualifying for these Games taking into account challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aquatics – Swimming
Athletes: Donata Katai, Peter Wetzlar
Coach: Lindsy Tudor-Cole
Athlete: Ngoni Makusha
Coach: Lisimati Phakamile
Athlete: Peter Purcell-Gilpin
Coach: James Alexander Stephenson
Athlete: Scott Vincent
Coach/ Team Leader: Mufaro Chivonivoni
Chef de Mission: Fredreck Ndlovu
Team admin: Memory Pakati
Physiotherapist and Covid-19 liaison officer: Abigail Mnikwa
ZOC president: Thabani Gonye
ZOC chief executive: Stephen Mudawarima
Government delegation: SRC chairman Gerald Mlotshwa, PA to the Minister Tariro Kadzirange, Chairman Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Arts, Sport and Recreation Mathias Tongofa