Saturday, 07 July 2012 21:03
The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is in a race against time to reach the initial projected budget mark that will cater for Team Zimbabwe at the upcoming London Olympics Games which start on July 27 in London.
The initial budget has been set at US$450 000, which was trimmed down after the association failed to reach its targeted quota of at least 22 athletes for the games.
To date the association has only managed to raise US$370 000, leaving them US$80 000 short of their target.
With the games now only weeks away, the association has pledged to leave no stone unturned in their search to reach their target that is aimed at taking care of the team’s upkeep during the London Olympics.
Busi Chindove, who is expected to lead the troops at the games, remains optimistic that they will reach the targeted amount by the end of this week given the overwhelming response they received from both Government and the corporate world.
Having already secured a kit for the team, which will be unveiled some time this week, Chindove believes that the association only requires to follow up on pledges and should reach the target without any hassle.
“We have received overwhelming support from the corporate world, with most making good on their pledges.
“I’m very optimistic, considering meetings we have been engaged in at a regular basis to ensure that everyone is updated on the progress we are making,” said Chindove.
ZOC chief executive Anna Mguni echoed Chindove’s words and reflected a united front required from fellow Zimbabweans to beef up the squad with adequate resources for better results.