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International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

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Thank you for visiting the official website of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee (ZNPC). Our goal is to help cultivate and develop the Paralympic Movement throughout the country of Zimbabwe and support those athletes competing at both the grassroots and elite levels and all the athletes that fall in between.

Feel free to take a look around the site, where you will find information about who we are and the athletes we support and their stories via news articles, features, images and videos. You will also find vital information regarding the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Paralympic Games, as well as matters pertaining to anti-doping and classification in Paralympic Sport.

Gearing Towards Rio 2016 Paralympic Games intensified

Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee (ZNPC) continues intensifying preparations for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 7-18 September 2016 as the   trimmed para-athletes Team Zimbabwe of 7 athletes entered camp on Sunday 13 of March 2016 evening. The training camp supported by the Agitos Foundation started from the 14th ending on the 17th of March 2016 at the B Arena, National Sports Stadium in Harare.

The 7 athletes cut from 13 started arriving at the Zesa National Training Centre in Belvedere, Harare together with some of the officials on Sunday evening. The team comprising of visually impaired (VI) and amputees (A) has two females and five males. The names are Laina Sithole  (VI), Karen Kasvenhemare (VI), Ilucky Chitimbe (VI), Shepherd Gumede (VI), Fidelity Mhone(VI) with his guide runner Last Chitanda , Clement Nyoni (A) and Kudakwashe Paradzai (A). Laina and Shepherd already qualified with an A-qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September 2015 from the 2015 11th African Games held in Congo Brazzaville.

The para-athletes Team Zimbabwe was supposed to leave for Tunisia on the 19th of March 2016 for the IPC sanctioned 10thTunis Athletics Grand Prix starting from the 20th -27th of March 2016. The Team Manager Mr Zvinavashe said he was happy his team was going to be in camp for four days. He emphasized that the camp was to help the athletes check their times against the world records together with this Tunis qualifier competition from 20th-27th March 2016. The Tunis qualifier again will give an opportunity to the athletes to be classified and qualify.

Mr Garaba the ZNPC Secretary General on Thursday morning said ‘I am in communication with the Ministry of Sport and Recreation Commission who promised to fund the trip and there is nothing yet but  I believe we will get something. It is unfortunate our athletes and officials keep on asking if the trip is on, we need to buy some equipment and uniforms and LOC in Tunis want to know whether we are coming.’

Mr Garaba added ‘with less than six months left to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games it is important that our athletes attend at least two IPC sanctioned qualifiers before they go to Brazil. We only have two athletes that qualified to go to Brazil and the other athletes still need to be classified and maybe qualify.’

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