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PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE LOOK BEYOND RIO GAMES

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FOLLOWING the disappointment of having only one athlete and one team sport qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games, the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee (ZNPC) is already focusing on the Tokyo 2020 Games after striking training and coaching partnerships with their Japanese counterparts. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE Visually-impaired athlete Laina Sithole along with a four-member para-rowing team will represent the country at ...

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MVUMVURE IS TEAM ZIM FLAG BEARER

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HE doesn’t know it yet but sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure (pictured) will be Zimbabwe’s flag bearer during the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday morning. By Makomborero Mutimukulu The 22 –year old US based athlete will get the honour ahead of Olympic gold medallist Kirsty Coventry, who was widely expected to sentimentally play the role again. ...

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DRUG – TAINTED US SPRINTERS LEAD RIO CHALLENGE

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Justin Gatlin will spearhead a trio of drug-tainted US sprinters aiming to spoil Usain Bolt’s Olympic swansong as athletics stumbles through the moral maze created by the Russia doping scandal. The 34-year-old Gatlin is the most obvious symbol of the logical confusion gripping this year’s Olympics, where some athletes convicted of doping offences will be free to compete while others ...

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REFUGEE ATHLETES SET TO LEAVE FOR RIO OLYMPICS AND HISTORY

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NAIROBI, Kenya – Amid tears of joy, farewell hugs and songs of encouragement a group of smiling young refugee African athletes flew out of Nairobi today bound for the Rio Olympics in Brazil and an appointment with history. By: Jonathan Clayton Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya’s inhospitable far north, were ...

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BOLT ARRIVES IN RIO FOR SHOT AT IMMORTALITY

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men’s sprints. The wold record holder, who required a medical exemption after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, proved his ...

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IT’S MY TIME, SAYS RUTENDO NYAHORA

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ZIMBABWE’S sole female Olympic representative in athletics, Rutendo Nyahora, believes her time to shine on the global stage has come. Nyahora, a half-marathon specialist who has dominated in Zimbabwe and South African in recent years, switched to the longer version at Vienna, Austria on April 10 and got instant results. By Langton Nyakwenda She secured qualification for the 2016 Olympic ...

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ZIKA CAN’T STOP ZIM’S MEDAL HUNT

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TEAM ZIMBABWE chief medical officer Kenneth Austin Jeans insists the country’s contingent to the Rio Olympic Games runs little or no risk of contracting and bringing back the dreaded Zika virus. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is among topical issues dominating this year’s Summer Games, so much so that it has led to the withdrawal of many high-profile Olympians. By Tinashe ...

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BOLT DOES JUST ENOUGH TO WIN 200 METRES

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Usain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200metres at the London Diamond League on Friday but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book. Bolt, running his first 200metres race for a year in his last outing on the track before the Olympics, ...

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RIO OLYMPICS 2016: RUSSIAN ATHLETES LOSE DOPING APPEAL

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Russia has reacted with anger after its bid to have a ban on its track and field athletes lifted to allow them to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended in failure. Source : CNN The Court for the Arbitration of Sport rejected the appeal made by the Russian Olympic Committee and 67 athletes Thursday, a decision that has ...

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BOLT AIMS FOR MORE OLYMPIC GLORY IN RIO

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USAIN Bolt will get a chance to hone his Olympic track and field legacy, as he was named to the 59 member Jamaican team that will compete at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. Bolt, who withdrew from the 100m final and sought a medical exemption from the 200m at the Jamaican Olympic Trials two weekends ago, was named ...

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