Singapore-bound Youth Olympics team shapes up

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The team for the Youth Olympic Games is finally coming into place as five athletes and a team of 18 football players have been confirmed as part of the team that will take part at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which run from August 14-24 in Singapore.
According to the Chef de mission of the Zimbabwe team, Busi Chindove, at the moment only triathlon (two), athletics (two) and equestrian (one) had officially qualified to represent Zimbabwe at the games.
“The departure date has been set for August 9 for the whole team.
“However football will be playing their opening game before the opening ceremony so they depart on the 8th of August 2010,”she said.
Chindove said in line with a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), all members of Team Zimbabwe would stay in the host country for the duration of the games.
“The aim of the games is to expose young athletes to competition at world level and to educate them on Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect.
“They will participate in various cultural activities that will help them to understand and respect other cultures,” she said.
She said other sporting disciplines like tennis still had a chance of qualifying for the games.
The Under-15 team will be Africa’s sole representative at the games.
However, Chindove said they were yet to complete their passport application process.
The two triathletes Andrea Brown and Boyd Littleford will take part in the girls and boys under 18 competitions respectively.
Middle distance runner Sithulisiwe Zhou and sprinter Henry Matanga will represent the country in track and field.