Seven Zimbabwean athletes have left for the International Association of Athletics Federation Under 18 World Championships scheduled for Kenya from the 12th to the 16th of July.

Morale was high among the athletes who departed today (Monday).

Speaking to ZBC News before their departure, the team’s coach Brian Nhubu said their aim was to hoist the country’s flag high despite the fact that the athletes are participating for the first time in such a big stage.

Team manager Cynthia Phiri said they had good preparations and will give their best in the competitions in order to fight for honours.

The athletes vowed to challenge each and every race in order to put the country on the athletics map.

Team Zimbabwe is represented by 16-year old Mazowe High School student Tapiwa Makarau, Vimbai Masvoreva, Arage Mutombo, United States-based and former St George’s sprinter Alfred Chaonza, and gold medalist in the 400 metre race at the recently held junior championships in Algeria, Donovan Mutariswa, among other athletes.

The 2017 edition will be the last edition of the IAAF World Under 18 Championships after the IAAF Council decided to discontinue the youth championships.