Lusaka, July 18, 2019, ZANIS---The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) says it is thrilled with the performances Zambian Athletes are putting up in International athletic meetings.

ZAAA Secretary General Davison Mung’ambata says Zambian athletes are performing beyond expectations and is hopeful that they will continue with the good vein of form into the All Africa Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

ZANIS sports Mung’ambata in an interview said at the rate the athletes are going, Zambia is set to perform well at the forth coming international athletic meetings.

"I think with these kind of performances, we are set for the Olympics, we are ready for the All Africa Games", says Mung'ambata.

He said ZAAA had decided to test the preparedness of the Zambian athletes has been sending the local Athletes abroad as part of their training for the All Africa Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Mung’ambata bragged that long distance runner Sydney Siame for example has been exceptional in the European meets and expressed hope that his participation and that of his female colleagues such as Helen Makumba and Rodah Njovu have also performed exceptionally well.

The ZAAA Chief also disclosed that to this effect Makumba and Njovu have been invited to take part in an international meet in Cameroun.

He said the invitation is good as it will help to gauge their training against quality international competition compared to poor competition locally.

Mung’ambata said 15 local athletes have since qualified to the All Africa Games set for 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

He however, bemoaned that only six athletes have sponsorship to participate at the Pan African Games and that ZAAA is engaging the Ministry of Sport to also assist in sponsoring the remainder of athletes who have qualified.

He said it is cardinal for the athletes to participate as it is the only way the country can win medals and also get the necessary exposure to grow as world winning athletes.

Meanwhile, Mung’ambata said ZAAA has trained 24 local coaches in an intensive two weeks International Association of Athletics Federation Coaches Education and Certification System (IAAF CECS) Level 1 Course at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).

The course which was sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and National Olympic Committee of Zambia will see the 24 participants undergo IAAF examinations administered from IAAF headquarters in Monaco.

The 24 coaches will be expected to help tap and develop talent in schools that are largely breeding points for athletes in the country.