Par­a­lympians lament shoddy Rio preps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - El­lina Mh­langa Harare Bureau

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

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