‘Golden Girl’ Coventry plans Zimbabwe’s Olympic revival


Dubbed the country’s ‘Golden Girl’, she acknowledges that in a country ‘ ‘I firmly believe that sport breaks down barriers between people,

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s new minister of sport Kirsty Coventry believes the country needs to be more “strategic” in the development of Olympic athletes as she seeks to unlock the potential of the African nation on the global stage.

Former Olympic swimming champion Coventry, who will turn 35 on Sunday, was sworn in to her portfolio by president Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier this week in a surprise, but largely welcomed, elevation to the country’s cabinet.

“Two important factors we need to consider if we are to improve our chances are obviously providing facilities and access to sport, and in this regard I think we need to be more strategic,” Coventry told Reuters.

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‘Golden Girl’ Coventry plans Zimbabwe’s Olympic revival

“The example I always use is that of Jamaica, who decided to focus on the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints, because they saw that as a strength, and they have done remarkably well.

“In Zimbabwe we need to be more deliberate about what our goals are and not try to spread ourselves thinly across a whole range of sports. We have to look at where we think we can do well and focus on that.

“That is not to say we will ignore other sports, of course not, but we need to have a clear plan of how we want to move forward.”

Coventry is the most successful Olympian to emerge from the African continent with seven medals, including two goals, in the pool spanning five Games, with Zimbabwe’s only other success a gold for their women’s field hockey team in Moscow in 1980.

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Dubbed the country’s ‘Golden Girl’, she acknowledges that in a country where economic and political challenges have left sections of society polarised, her portfolio, that also includes the arts and the upliftment of youth, is vitally important.

“I firmly believe that sport breaks down barriers between people, and that it can bring a nation together in unity and pride. It transcends all sections of society, the older generation and the kids.

“It brings a sense of what is possible to people and it is very exciting for me to have the opportunity to unlock our potential across not just sport but the arts as well.”

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