By Eugene Majuru in London
The Zimbabwe Diaspora Olympic support Network (ZDOSN) presented a cheque to the Zimbabwe Olympic team at an event held in London at the Zimbabwean Embassy this evening August 10. A £3000 cheque was handed over to Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) Vice President and chef de Mission Busi Chindove. Each athlete will receive £200 and the rest will go to Zimbabwe Olympic Committee for sports development.
Senator David Coltart, Zimbabwes Minister of Education Sports and Culture in London
The event was attended by Zimbabwean athletes who expressed their joy at getting the opportunity to represent Zimbabwe. Also present was Senator David Coltart Zimbabwean Minister of Education Sports and Culture, HE Ambassador Gabriel Machinga, HE Deputy Ambassador Cecil Chinenere.
The two Ambassadors attended the event as guests for the (ZDOSN) who they supported by allowing them to use the venue to carry out the presentation ceremony.
MC Gloriene Francis (ZDOSN) thanked the embassy as well as boxer Dereck Chisora, Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, Knox Chitiyo, Econet and money gram for the money they donated.
Rollers club of Enfield was thanked for donating 2 return tickets to Zimbabwe via Ethiopian Airways due to be raffled this Sunday August 12 at Rollers.
Other members of the corporate world thanked were Africa Sun, Meikles Hotel and Bumi Hills.
Speaking at the event, Senator Coltart expressed his joy "at seeing the passion Zimbabweans in the Diaspora have for sports"
"We understand that £3000 may not be much but it came from the heart. I was glad to see the commitment from our athletes, Sharon Tavengwa was devastated about being unable to finish the race, she felt she had let everyone down by pulling out of the race" he added.
Tavengwa was not present at the event.
The two marathon and one triathlon athletes were said to be preparing for their races due this Sunday August 12 at 11am.
Deputy Ambassador Cecil Chinenere with Kirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean athlete Micheen Thornicroft, Busi Chindove and others who attended
Stanford Biti (ZDOSN) and (ZOC) member
Eugene Majuru (ZimDiaspora), (ZOC) member, Busi Chindove, HE Ambassador Gabriel Machinga
Some of the people who attended the event
Zimbabweans have been encouraged to continue supporting the athletes and to give them a great welcome when they return to Harare on August 13.
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