Zimbabwe will be represented at the 2017 World Athletics Championships by five marathon runners, three men and two women while more athletes especially US based sprinters Tatenda Tsumba and Tinashe Mutanga are expected to qualify after posting some good results.
In an interview with ZBC News, National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president, Tendai Tagara said it is a great achievement to have those athletes qualify for the World Athletics Championships from the 4th to the 13th of August in London, UK.
He said Zimbabwe will be represented at both regional and international athletics championships, a requirement of the IAAF.
Olympians Pardon Ndlovu, US based and Cutbert Nyasango and Milton Matende while the ladies will be represented by seasoned SA based Olympian Rutendo Nyahora and Constance Chidziva.
Zimbabwe expects to send at least seven athletes to the World Youth Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 12th to the 17th of July who include youngsters sprinter 100 and 200m Ngoni Makusha and Nyasha Mutsetse an 800m specialist who is on a three months training programme in Botswana.
NAAZ which will also be sending a team to Constance, Algeria from the 6th to the 8th of July for the Africa Junior Championships is appealing for corporates to sponsor the teams which requires accommodation, meals and airfares.
In two weeks NAAZ will be hosting the regional senior athletics championships where at least 300 athletes and officials from all 13 countries are expected to participate.
Tagara said NAAZ had requested for government assistance through the SRC but the association has managed to raise US$20 000 for incentives and motivation of the athletes.