The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) is hopeful of sending at least six athletes to the Olympics despite disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The association was hoping to host national championships this month which would have served as a qualifying event for the Olympics but that has been put on hold due to the blanket ban on sporting activities.
However, hope is not lost as Ngoni Makusha and other foreign based Olympic hopefuls are still training at the Pretoria High performance centre in South Africa.
NAAZ president Tendai Tagara revealed plans to apply for a waiver.
“We are hoping that by the end of this week we would have applied and received a response from the SRC.
“The safety of our athletes is of utmost importance and we put all measure in place as witnessed at the national champions we hosted end of year, we are one of the associations that had been approved to have competitions in January so I am sure our application will be successful,” he said.
With no track and field athletes from Zimbabwe having qualified for the biggest sporting event on the planet, NAAZ is racing against time as it is just over five months before the first track event fires off at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.