Olympics committee gets $50 million

THE Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has received $50 million from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to launch the sponsorship appeal for the Olympic Games set for August in Athens.



rial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>SRC chairman, Anthony Mandiwanza presented the cheque worth $50 million to ZOC president Paul Chingoka on Wednesday.

“The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee team got a shot in the arm when the SRC chairman Anthony Mandiwanza presented a cheque of $50 million to ZOC President Paul Chingoka for the Olympic Team travelling to Athens in August,” said ZOC secretary general, Robert Mutsauki in a statement yesterday.

Mutsauki said the sponsorship appeal appeal was meant to cover a shortfall of US$185 000 and Z$270 million required for travel and accommodation of the team for the games in Athens. Mutsauki said ZOC has so far secured US$385 000.

About 25 athletes are expected to make up the Zimbabwe team for disciplines such as athletics, swimming, tennis, shooting and triathlon.

Meanwhile, ZOC has formed a media commission to boost their press image ahead of this year’s games. Lovemore Banda has been appointed the first ever press attaché for the Olympic team.

Brian Warren, the newly elected ZOC vice-president, confirmed to IndependentSport that the media commission has been formed.

“The idea (behind forming the media commission) is to have a closer relationship with the press so that there’s no biased coverage,” he said.

Steve Vickers, a former ZBC sports presenter/producer, and Kennedy Makambira were named pioneer members of the media commission.

Zimbabwean teams have in the past struggled to secure enough funds for Olympic games. This has resulted in poor preparations and subsequently lacklusture performances at the prestigious international sports meeting.

The corporate world’s contribution is desperately required as government is unable to go it alone.- Staff Writer.