15 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Zim Olympics Team Promised Windfall

Photo: Kirsty Coventry/Facebook
Zimbabwe swimming superpower Kirsty Coventry receiving a heroin welcome. (File Photo)

ZIMBABWE Olympic Committee (ZOC) has been promised monetary incentives for medal winners at the 2012 Olympic Games which are set to run from July 27 to August 12 in London, UK.

The incentives would see gold medalists pocketing US$10 000, silver medalists US$5 000 while bronze medalists would get US$2 500, and this includes top 10 finishers in triathlon. Every finalist is guaranteed US$1 500.

Zimbabwe will be sending seven athletes -- two-time Olympic Games women's 200m backstroke champion Kirsty Coventry, marathon runners Wirimai Juwawo, Cuthbert Nyasango and Sharon Tavengwa, triathlete Chris Felgate and rowers Jamie Fraser-Mckenzie and Micheen Thornycroft.

This is the smallest ever contingent of athletes that Zimbabwe is sending to the Olympics since the country started taking part in the global sporting showcase in Moscow, Russia, in 1980.

ZOC chief executive officer Anna Mguni said, "All our teams have been lucky in that the government has always rewarded the country's represantatives."

Zimbabwe has so far racked in eight medals with seven of them having been won by Coventry while the other one was won by the hockey team in 1980.

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