Sport

Lubanza books Rio Olympics ticket

STEPHEN PHIRI, Brazzaville
ZAMBIA’S Richard Lubanza has qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Powerlifting envoy Lubanza beat the qualifying time of 132kg in the event held on Thursday.
In the 72kg category, Lubanza did 130kg in the first attempt, improved to 135kg in the second and wrapped up with 140kg.
Mohamed Elelfat of Egypt prevailed with 212kg.
But in the women’s 79kg category, Sara Kenda could not rise to the occasion.
Kenda started with 60kg, managed 65kg and 70 kg in the second and third attempts.
Meanwhile, Government will allocate resources to camp athletes for a longer period ahead of international competitions.
Director of Sport Bessie Chelemu said in an interview yesterday that lessons have been learnt from the All-Africa Games outing.
Zambian athletes were camped for three weeks prior to the 11th All-Africa Games ending today.
“We will allocate more resources to camp athletes for a longer period.
Mauritius camped athletes for four years and have done well,” Chelemu said.
Zambia was represented by 57 athletes at the Brazzaville games but managed a paltry two medals.
Runner Kabange Mupopo won gold in 400m and boxer Ben Muziyo managed bronze bringing the country’s medal tally to 34 in the history of the All-Africa Games.
Chelemu also said there is need to identify areas of strength to increase chances of winning medals.
“Kenya and Ethiopia have identified long distance races as their strength and register many athletes to ensure they increase chances of winning medals. We need to identify our area of strength,” she said.
Chelemu said the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association should consider registering for field events in future to increase chances of winning medals.
Javelin, long and high jump among others are some of the field events.
Chelemu also said Government will revamp the technical committee at the National Sports Council of Zambia.
“As Government, we will provide policy guidance,” she said.
Chelemu also said they would work with the Ministry of Education to tap talent in schools and higher learning institutions.
She also said physical education would be revamped in schools.
Chelemu said planning for the 2019 All-Africa Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games should start immediately.

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