Zimbabwe try to cope with life out of C’wealth

ZIMBABWE are already trying to get used to life after the Commonwealth Games two years after the Zimbabwe government took the shock decision to withdraw its membership from the club.



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Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) chief executive Robert Mutsauki said that his association was already looking at other options available.


“We have accepted that we are now out of the Commonwealth. It no longer fits in our calendar,” Mutsauki said. “Of course it’s disappointing that we will not be going to Melbourne because we need the competition, but it is no use crying on what might have been. We have to look at other tournaments and maximize on them.”


Swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry will be the most affected by Zimbabwe’s absence in Melbourne as she will not be able to defend the gold medal she won in the women’s 200m individual medley in the last games in Manchester in 2002.


Zimbabwe have participated in 12 Commonwealth Games since 1934, hauling 44 medals.


Zimbabwe automatically relinquished their Commonwealth Games berth after pulling-out of the Commonwealth in the wake of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003, where the country faced expulsion from the grouping of mostly former British colonies, following the hotly disputed 2002 presidential elections. – Staff Writer.