The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) will next week host a regional forum on the London 2012 Olympics for 25 English-speaking African countries.
The forum will run from Tuesday to Thursday in Victoria Falls.Each country will be represented by two delegates, one being a chef de mission.
ZOC’s chief executive officer Stanley Mutoya said the meeting will tackle guidelines for chef de missions for the London 2012 Games.
Zimbabwe’s chef de mission for the games is Busi Chindove whose appointment was made last year in September after she successfully led the country in the same capacity at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore.
Mutoya added delegates would also get updates from the International Olympic Committee on the qualification system in disciplines, sport entries, the ticketing system and the touchy issue of anti-doping.
“We are expecting 60 delegates, 50 from the 25 countries and the other 10 from Olympic Solidarity, the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).”
“Preparations are well on course for the forum and delegates will start arriving in the country on Monday next week. All expenses will be met by Olympic Solidarity,” said Mutoya.
Mutoya said ZOC’s nomination as the host for such a high-profile international forum was a commendable achievement in the Olympic history of Zimbabwe and a source of national pride.
“We put in a bid to host an Anoca secretary-general seminar which was eventually awarded to Mali.
Though our bid was unsuccessful, it was of such high quality that Olympic Solidarity chose ZOC to host the forum for the chef de missions,” elaborated the ZOC boss.
Locog is also expected to update delegates on the sport master plan, accreditation, Olympic Villages and other logistics at the Games.
The forum coincides with the World Tourism Day which is held on September 27 each year.