By Enock Muchinjo
FOUR local sporting disciplines – swimming, athletics, triathlon and tennis – have so far achieved qualifying standards for the Olympic Games scheduled for September in Athens, Greece.
Swimmers Kirsty Coventry and Brendan Ashby look set to carry Zimbabwe’s flag in the 100 and 200 metres backstroke. Commonwealth Games gold medalist Coventry will also contest in the 400m backstroke.
Zimbabwe Aquatic Union presi-dent Peter Dulzell said the association is still hopeful that two of its swimmers – Echather Brand and Lauren Harvey – will also obtain their qualifying standards in time to allow the Zimbabwe Olympics Committe to consider them for selection.
In tennis, Davis Cup team players Wayne Black and Kevin Ulyett have been invited to participate while Genius Chidzikwe and ladies’ ace player Cara Black are also likely to travel to Athens.
Rory Mackie has qualified from triathlon and will have a second chance to haul a medal after having taken part in the last tournament in Sydney.
Athletics is again tipped to provide the bulk of participants. Athletics Zimbabwe will have a tough time finalising their team but long-distance runner Lloyd Zvasiya has his place guaranteed.
Zimbabwe’s athletics team has been the source of hope in previous regional meetings with the likes of Tendai Chimusasa, Samukeliso Moyo and Lewis Masunda bringing home medals.
The different associations will propose their teams to the ZOC which will then decide on the final squad to represent the country.