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Olympic Committee Supports Refugee Sport

By Steve Ephraem

Refugees who love sport have something to smile at after the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has donated sport equipment to Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.

ZOC descended onto the camp on 25 September 2021 and handed over various sport equipment and attire to the refugee community.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, ZOC’s Newman Gomendo said: “Our aim as an organisation is to strengthen the sports activities initiated by the youth and elderly persons in the camp by providing coaching skills, donating sports equipment and sports attire.

“The International Committee is committed to the refugee program as evidenced by the participation of The Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with 29 athletes from 11 countries competing in 12 sports.

“Through our initiatives and partnership, we also hope to identify talents and develop athletes for the Paris 2024,” said Gomendo.

The ZOC official further outlined that the goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity as enshrined in Sustainable Development Goals.

“In our globalised world, sport has a unique power to bring people together. The Olympism spirit gives us hope that a better world is possible as it gives us an example of peaceful global interaction,” added Gomendo.