Six athletes left the country on Sunday for Lille, France for the seventh IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships which start on Wednesday and ends on Monday next week.
The team will be led by captain Khuphukile Chilufya of Falcon College who will compete in the 200m alongside Clifford Charuka of Prince Edward High School.
Taurai Muyambo of Heritage and Tafara Hleruka from Guinea Fowl will compete in the boys’ 100m while Tsitsi Mahachi of Chisipite will line up in the girls’ 100m and 200m categories.
Tatenda Shumba of Kutama College will represent the country in the triple and long jump.
Harare Athletics Board secretary general Silas Muringani who was training the team before their departure said he expects Team Zimbabwe to do well at the competition.
He said all the six athletes were selected at the inter-schools and the National Association of School Heads competition that was held recently in Bindura.
“In athletics we don’t really consider the finishing position but the time. This is a developmental competition and we will be looking more at their finishing times although we would naturally want them to bring medals home. These kids have been doing fine at training and we hope they will continue with that fine form at the competition. Most of them have experience on the international stage after having represented the country at the Southern Region championships that were held in Namibia so I don’t think they will be affected by stage fright,” said Muringani.
Shumba, who brought home two bronze medals from Namibia in both the triple and long jump categories last month will be expected to repeat the same feats on the world stage.