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Six athletes for World Youth Championships

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Six local athletes are set to take part at the International Athletics Associations Federation World Youth Championships to be held in Lille, France next month.

The team is expected to leave for France on July 3 for the competitions which will begin three days later and end on the 10th.

They will go via Addis Ababa enroute to Paris where they will catch a connecting flight to the northern city of Lille.

Sprinters Tafara Hleruka, Chilufya Khupukile, Clifford Chiruka, Taurayi Muyambo, Tsitsi Mahachi and triple jump young sensation Tatenda Shumba make the team.

They will compete in their respective events at the Stadium Lille Metropole de Villeneuve d’Ascq which has a mondo track surface.

National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president Joseph Mungwari said the team is ready for the adventure.

“We are almost at an advanced stage with preparations.

“Yesterday (Thursday) all the athletes were at the French Embassy getting their visas processed and I am sure everything would be in place early next week,” said Mungwari.

Guinea Fowl High’s Hleruka, Falcon’s Khupukile, Chiruka from Prince Edward and Shumba booked their tickets to France at the Southern African Youth Championships held in Namibia last month while the other two made the grade at inter-schools competitions.

However, the biggest drawback is that most of the athletes have been training on their own at their respective schools.

They will be coming up against athletes who are exposed to stiff competition and have been in camp for a long time with serious highly-qualified coaches.

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