THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe national team junior head coach Silas Muringani has confirmed that only 14 athletes have qualified for the World Junior Championships set for the United States next month.
Muringani was confident the 14-member team was ready to do battle and compete for top finish in the event that runs from July 22 to 27.
Zimbabwe will be represented both in the female and male categories.
Michael Songore who has the best record in the 200m race is the most experienced athlete in the men’s category with Tendai Zimuto (5 000m), Clide Rusinga 400m hurdles also in the squad.
The Muringani-coached side is also expected to be represented in the relay 4x100m relay by Songore, Tatenda Musarurwa, Kudakwashe Nyahuma and Shaun Banda.
Athletes representing the country in the women’s category are Enlitta Ncube 1 500m, Nyasha Mutsetse 8 000m, Maryjoy Mudyiravanji 1 500m and also there is the 4×100 relay team that has Tsitsi Mahachi, Ruvarashe Muzinde, Mazvita Mutisi and Chido Dzinotyiwei.
Muringani said he was optimistic the battle-hardened youngsters would do their best to bring home medals before adding that preparations were going on well.
“We would have wanted to send about 20 athletes, but it’s now very unfortunate we are sending only 14. They are being assisted by our coaches in their provinces, but we are going to camp in the capital on July 15, a few days before departure,” Muringani added.