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MBABANE – Athletes’ preparations for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games are at the final stages, as the team’s three-day camp resumes today at Mhlume.

 According to the programme, they will have a roadshow at Tshaneni on Saturday, starting at 10am until 1pm. Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA) Chief Executive Officer Maxwell Jele said the traveling team would be paraded to the public during the road show, an exercise themed; ‘Know Your Athletes’.


The Commonwealth-bound athletes include swimming duo Hayley Hoy and Simanga Dlamini, national sprinters Sibusiso ‘Swazi Bolt’ Matsenjwa, Bongiwe Mahlalela, Ayanda Malaza, high jumper Erikah Seyama, kings of the boxing ring Thabiso Dlamini and Zweli Dlamini, as well as cyclists Muzi Shabangu and Kwanele Jele. The swimming team is led by coach Welcome Dlamini while Chicks Lukhele is in charge of the boxing team. The cyclists are guarded by coach Artwell Ndzinisa and Muzi Mabuza leading the five-member athletics team.
The team camp is expected to end on Sunday at 2pm. Jele further alluded that the team’s Chef De Mission (CDM) Zakhele Dlamini who is also  EOCGA Vice President and President of Athletics Eswatini, would not partake in the camp.

Dlamini, in the company of EOCGA Project Manager Pretty Dlamini, are scheduled to attend the African Nations Committees (ANC) forum in Uganda, starting today. The Team General Manager (TGM) Nhlanhla Maphanga would be in charge of the athletes in camp. “Everything is going according to plan and the team camp starts on Thursday (tomorrow). It is worth mentioning that the Chef De Mission Zakhele Dlamini will return on July 11 then leave the following day together with Thoba Mazibuko and national sprinter Sibusiso ‘Swazi’ Bolt to attend the World Championships. From Uganda, they will travel to England where they will meet with the rest of the team,” Jele said.


The Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremony is penned for July 28 and the last event scheduled for August 8, 2022. Jele further said 70 per cent of the camp would focus on the athletes’ technical aspects while 30 per cent would be theoretical; tapping into issues of COVID-19, anti-doping and nutrition. British High Commissioner Simon Boyden has been invited to coordinate the athletes’ farewell event as their trip is planned for July 26, 2022.

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