Zim athletics team off to Canada


Zimbabwe is sending six athletes to the 13th World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton, Canada from July 19-25.
Zimbabwean athletes, who will take part in the sprints, middle distance races and the long jump event at the five day event, leave the country on Saturday.
Female long middle distance runner Faithful Goremusandu will take part in the 3 000 metre race while Paul Madzivire will battle it out in the long jump event.
The sprint quartet of Narada Jackson, Michael Chiduku, Fungai Zuva Bvekerwa and Tinashe Mutanga will represent Zimbabwe in the 4x100m relay event. Mutanga will shift his attention to the Singapore Youth Olympic Games after this tournament. In an interview with NewsDay the newly appointed national team coach and director of World Wide Scholarship (WWS) Munyaradzi Maraire said all the logistics were in place and the athletes had a chance of making a good impression at the games.
“Zimbabwe has every reason to be proud because we are going to be represented by youngsters who are very dedicated and committed to the sport and they have a very good chance of making an impression at the games.
“We stand a very good chance of finishing in the top five or even further up in all the events that we will be taking part in,” said Maraire. He has been travelling with the WWS to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, US on a yearly basis and under his tutelage Madzivire lept an incredible 7,54 m, a good jump for a junior athlete. More than 1 400 athletes and team officials from more than 170 countries will be welcomed to the Metro Moncton Region for the 13th World Junior Athletics Championships.
Zimbabwe team
Faithful Goremusandu (3 000m)
Paul Madzivire (Long Jump)
Narada Jackson, Michael Chiduku, Fungai Zuva Bvekerwa, Tinashe Mutanga (4x100m relay)