• Chishimba Bwalya

STAY FOCUSED - Goveia tips Zambia's Olympic debutants


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ATHLETES going to the Olympics must stay focused and avoid getting distracted, Olympian Ralph Goveia has said ahead of Team Zambia’s participation at the games in Tokyo, next month.


The swimmer, who represented the country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, believes the focus of athletes will be crucial if Zambia is to have a competitive outing during the games.


“Stay focused, there can be a lot of distractions there, anything from the competition to the things around the athletes’ village.


“Focus on the task at hand and prepare for possible outcomes and have a positive mindset. You have made it there, you qualified, be proud of yourself and carry yourself with confidence and fly the flag. Remember, you are representing your country and you need to do so in the highest order and I just wish the best of luck to all the athletes going,” Goviea said in an interview from his base in South Africa.


Zambia will be heading to the games with a delegation of 27 athletes, including the women’s soccer team, who will all be making their debut at the Olympics.


Goveia has urged athletes not to feel intimidated by the competition adding that although opponents could induce anxiety, it was important that the team remained focused on what they will be there for.


The 25 year-old also revealed his optimism in the athletes’ chances of minting medals in Japan, saying it would happen soon.


“My prayer is that Zambia can bring back an Olympic medal, if it does not happen this time, it will happen one of these days.”

(L-R): JUDO coach Lipimile Moola, swimmer Ralph Goveia and judoka Mathews Punza at the Olympics in 2016.

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