The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has announced the appointment of seasoned sports journalist Merit Munzwembiri as Chef De Mission (CDM) to the Bali 2023 Beach Games which will be from 5 to 12 August in Indonesia.
The 2023 World Beach Games is an upcoming international multi-sport event created by ANOC and first held in Qatar in 2019. It is a young and inclusive event that combines the informality and vibrancy of the beach with the top elite sport to create highly attractive Games. It is the only global youth-centric festival of beach, water and action sports, created specifically for the benefit of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes.
With a focus on young and dynamic sports, the Games reportedly offer NOCs unrivalled opportunities to connect with new athletes and a new generation of sports fans. Sustainability and accessibility are at the heart of the Games concept, with an emphasis placed on minimising environmental impact by using existing and temporary infrastructure and keeping hosting-budgets low. All of the world’s 206 NOCs have the opportunity to qualify for the Games, with guaranteed participation of athletes from all five continents.
“Having successfully undergone a selection process, her confirmation was presented to and approved by the ZOC Board on the 15th of September 2022. The CDM ’s main role will be to effectively manage the Zimbabwe Bali 2023 Beach Games Team before, during, and after the Games. This is in line with ZOCs Athletes Development and Support Overall Goal to ensure Team Zimbabwe has well supported and adequately prepared athletes who perform optimally at world level competitions by 2025,” said ZOC in a statement.
Munzwembiri, who is the ZOC Chair of the Gender, Equality Inclusivity, and Diversity Commission is expected to bring her energy and experience in governance and management.