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Zambia wins 4 medals at LA Olympics

KASAMBA MOONGA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA won four medals at the just-ended 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, United States of America, last week.
And Ministry of Home Affairs permanent secretary Peter Mwaba says Government is proud of the athletes’ achievement.
Joshua Siankulu won two gold medals in a 50m race and in standing long jump while Kennedy Phiri got a bronze medal in another 50m race.
Daisy Ng’uni finished second in 50m walking race to settle for silver.
The tournament ran from July 25 to August 2.
And Mwaba, who is Special Olympic Zambia board chairperson, said Government is impressed with the performance of the athletes.
He said despite the team facing challenges in raising resources for the trip, the athletes still managed to bring honour to the country.
“We gave them little resources because we had some challenges but they have made us proud of their positive results. Winning four medals is not an easy achievement,” Mwaba said.
Special Olympic Zambia director William Sikapanda said the athletes should be commended because winning four medals is the biggest achievement Zambia has recorded at such events.
“I’m personally pleased with the performance. People with disability have proved that they can contribute positively to the country’s development,” Sikapanda said.
Special Olympics Zambia coach Richard Sikaonga commended the athletes for putting up a good performance.
“We wish to have more medals than these and it is so interesting that the disabled are the ones who have brought the medals,” Sikaonga said.