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Zimbabwe athletes seraching for medals in Algiers
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21:16, July 10, 2007

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Zimbabwe''s athletes to the 9th edition of the All-Africa Games flew into Algiers shortly after midnight on Sunday to begin their quest for glory at the continental sports showcase.

After enduring more than a day''s delay in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 80-member delegation, the first and biggest batch of Team Zimbabwe, flew into the Algerian capital just as Sunday was giving way to Monday, according to The Herald.

The team, which included athletes from such disciplines as boxing, athletics, tennis, athletics for the disabled, chess, rowing, swimming, judo, cycling and taekwondo, were part of a four-nation group that undertook an eight-and-a-half-hour flight from Johannesburg to Algiers.

Team Zimbabwe had been hoping to arrive in Algiers at least by Saturday night but a late change in the flight arrangements by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee meant that all the four nations had to spend the night in Johannesburg.

SASCOC organised the charter flight that also accommodated some of their neighours in the Southern African region.

Assistant manager Tawanda Manyeruke, who was head of the 80-member delegation, said they were advised by SASCOC that a few logistical problems had forced them to cancel the original flight that should have left the OR Tambo international airport in Johannesburg at midday on Saturday.

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