ZOC lobbies for tennis at London Olympics


The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) wants tennis to be part of the London 2012 Olympics and will make nominations for the country’s medal hopefuls to get Olympic Solidarity Scholarships.
This was revealed by ZOC boss Robert Mutsauki on Saturday on the occasion of Tennis Zimbabwe’s Annual General Meeting at Harare Sports Club.
“Tennis is one of our 25 affiliates along with swimming and athletics which is why we have organised a coaching course to be conducted in September by a representative from the International Tennis Federation.
“I am still hopeful that Zimbabwe would be represented at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in August, but at the same time want tennis to be at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and we would make nominations for the Olympic Solidarity scholarships,” Mutsauki said.
Tennis Zimbabwe president Ann Martin will have another dance as the association’s president after being re-elected on Saturday.
Tanya Chinamo, who has been the association’s vice president for the past two years did not stand for re-election, paving way for Regis Bhunu to become the new vice president.
Martin, who has been involved in local tennis for 30 years promised to continue with the development programme which is already underway.
“Our main aim is to secure sponsorship for our development programmes so that it spreads out to the various provinces around the country and to ensure that the provinces become more self sufficient,” said Martin. Representative affiliates from the country’s different provinces encouraged the board to work closely with the schools to rebuild the country’s player base from the grassroots.