Paralympians lament shoddy Rio preps
ZIMBABWE National Paralympic Committee secretary-general, Lewis Garaba, believes with better preparations, the country could have done better at the ongoing Games in Brazil.
Zimbabwe had six athletes taking part – the pararowing team of Margaret Bangajena, Previous Wiri, Michelle Garnett, Takudzwa Gwariro and Jessica Davis and Laina Sithole, who competed in the 100m T13.
The para-rowing team finished 12th and Sithole finished fifth in heat one and could not progress to the final.
Garaba said the results were an indication there was need to invest in sport to get podium finishes at such competitions.
“It’s sad, it means we have a lot to do especially on preparations. More talent identification and put more resources into sport. Sport has lots of benefits to the nation.
“We did our best with the available resources but I still think that we need to prepare more for competitions at this highest level. We can do more.
“Well done to para-rowing, a new kid on the block and I am happy they left a mark.
“Remember the team was assembled only this year. Well done to Rachel (Davis), the coach,” said Garaba.
Garaba said they hope the Sports and Recreation policy adopted by Government will address some
Zimbabwe’s para-rowing team in action during the games in Rio
Highlanders vice chairman Modern Ngwenya presents part of the food hamper to outstanding defender Peter Muduhwa while members of Amahlolanyama @90 look on at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday