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Team Zimbabwe prepares for Columbia


TEN athletes make up Team Zimbabwe that will represent the country in the International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championship set for Cali, Colombia from July 15 to 19.


The team that has already started preparations will travel under the guidance of national youth coach Brian Nhubu and manager Enias Nhoro.

Nhubu said preparations were going on well.
“We have been preparing the team through national competitions as well as regional invitational competitions that have been held in South Africa and Zambia. Actually we have been to Zambia twice. Soon we will arrange a camp for the athletes so as to give them time to polish up performances,” he said.

“The competitions that athletes have been taking part in have been helpful as they helped in build confidence and exposure to high level competitions, keeping athletes in shape in the process,”
Some of the athletes making up Team Zimbabwe include Leon Tafirenyika who earned the slot following an impressive performance at the Second Africa Youth Championship competitions held in Mauritius in April this year. His qualification time was 48,58 seconds.

Vimbai Maisvoreva will also be part of the team. She did the nation proud when she scooped gold during the Cossasa competitions in Lesotho, crossing the 800m line in 2,12,44secs to qualify for Colombia.

The IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics is a global athletic event comprising track and field events for competitors who are below the age of 17.

The event, which is organised by the International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF), is held biennially, having been inaugurated in 1999.

At least 1 424 athletes, drawn from 156 countries are set to compete at the IAAF World Youth Championships this year, making it the biggest international athletics event to be held in South America.

Team Zimbabwe
Lovejoy Mapfumo (400m); Nomatter Kapfudzaruwa (400m); Matienga Tinotenda (200m), Abraham Mapiravana (200m); Mapaya Chengetai (triple jump); Calton Moyo (400m) Enlitha Ncube(800m), Leon Tafirenyika(400m), Shingirai Hlanguyo (100m) and Vimbayi Maisvoreva

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