Harare – Zimbabwe may have a small team of athletes at the Tokyo Games, but the country’s delegation is being beefed up by a technical contingent selected to officiate in the triathlon and para-triathlon events.
Dave Ellis, Catherine Jennings and Shaun Shelton, level two officials from Zimbabwe Triathlon were invited by World Triathlon to officiate.
Ellis is the president of Zimbabwe Triathlon and he will officiate in both the men’s and women’s Olympic events in Tokyo; while Jennings and Shelton will officiate at the subsequent Paralympic Games.
The para-triathlon is making its Paralympic debut.
Ellis said last week, “I am honoured to have been appointed to officiate these games and I look forward to the experience. We have since started preparations in a virtual format and the comprehensive by World Triathlon.”
The triathlon and para-triathlon events will take place at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, which has been custom built for the events with a sophisticated screening cooling and heating system that makes it arguably the world’s best such facility.
Apart from the officials, Zimbabwe has Ngoni Mukusha to represent the country on the track and Peter Purcell in rowing.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission last week suspended all sporting activities in the country as a COVID-19 containment measure. The SRC said only athletes preparing for the Tokyo Games and those participating in the COSAFA Cup soccer tourney were exempt.
Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 infections have topped 46,400, with more than 37,100 recoveries and over 1,736 deaths.