The newly appointed Zimbabwe Olympic Committee CEO, Steve Mudawarima has set his sights on a long-term development strategy to ensure Zimbabwe has more podium finish athletes at Olympic Games.
Speaking after his new appointment as the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) Chief Executive Officer, Steve Mudawarima says the association is set to review its long-term development strategy to ensure the country produces more Olympians who will bring more medals on the table.
“Firstly we’ll be working on strategy reveal and move away from just celebrating qualification but produce more podium finish athletes. We need to start working on improving our athletes with the right minds and frame so that our sport can realise its full potential. There is no shortcut to success so our objective should be long-term,” said Mudawarima.
Mudawarima believes there is no short cut to success, hence the need for stakeholders to focus on development if Zimbabwe’s sporting landscape is to yield desired results.
The new ZOC CEO also pointed out the need for associations to have sound junior development structures, adding that ZOC will fully support them.
“It is now imperative to nurture talent from an early age hence the need for national federations to put in place proper development structures. As ZOC our mandate is to fully support such initiatives for sport to grow,” he said.
Before his new appointment, Mudawarima was ZOC Board member and sits on the WADA Education Technical Working Group-Global Learning Development Framework.
He has also landed assignments around the world, including Rio Olympics, All Africa Games, Zone VI Youth games, World Karate Tournaments in the UK and Japan.