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Zimbabwe All-Africa Games team departs for Algiers
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12:31, July 07, 2007

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Zimbabwe's team to the All-Africa Games in Algeria began trooping out of the country Friday afternoon when a 38-member delegation left for South Africa en-route to Algiers.

The head of delegation, Charles Nhemachena, said complications with connecting flights to North Africa meant that the local contingent would travel in batches to Algeria.

Nhemachena, also the Sport and Recreation Commission's director-general, said the 38 members who left for South Africa had to travel by road where they would link up with another 42-member contingent that would leave for Johannesburg early Saturday morning.

The 80-member group, the biggest part of Team Zimbabwe, would then join South Africa's delegation on a chartered flight to Algiers.

Athletics, tennis, taekwondo, athletics for the disabled and swimming were among the disciplines that are part of the first batch to leave.

The Sports Commission director-general said the supreme sports body was still finalising with national airliner Air Zimbabwe to find ways of ensuring that the third batch of Team Zimbabwe was flown to Algiers on time.

The Sports Commission boss was also confident the local athletes would do well enough to secure places on the Africa teams that would represent the continent in the Afro-Asian Games.

The ninth edition of the All-Africa Games is expected to run from July 11-23 with the Afro-Asian Games starting soon after the end of the continental sports showpiece and running until August 7.

Zimbabwe has traditionally had a number of athletes in Africa's team for the Afro-Asian Games, whose last edition was staged in India.

Source: Xinhua

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