The Herald - Zimbabwe News Online

Commonwealth Sports Awards Shifted

April 15, 2002

The Commonwealth Sports Awards scheduled for Harare, Zimbabwe in October have been moved to Manchester. Zimbabwe has been suspended from the Commonwealth Council and is being pressured to be suspended from the Commonwealth Games themselves over irregularities in the past election.

The Commonwealth Sports Awards are held to honor the excellent performances of athletes in the Commonwealth Games.

Zimbabwe going ahead with Commonwealth Games Plans

April 12, 2002

Though some nations are calling for Zimbabwe's exclusion from this years Commonwealth Games, and some in Zimbabwe are calling for a boycott of the games, Zimbabwe is moving forward with plans to participate and has named a general manager, Robert Mutsauki. Mr. Mutsauki was head of Zimbabwe's delegation to the last Commonwealth Games in Malaysia and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Zimbabwe may boycott, or be banned from Commonwealth Games

April 7, 2002

Political strife within Zimbabwe is throwing its participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games into question.

The Council of the Commonwealth last month suspended Zimbabwe for one year over electoral irregularities and Robert Mugabe's controversial win. The European Union and the United States both imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Australia's prime minister, John Howard, is now mentioning the possibility of the Commonwealth suspension extending to the Commonwealth Games. Canada and New Zealand have been involved in the discussions, which led one Harare newspaper, the Herald, to label the proposals as racist, and coming from white dominated nations. Canadian representatives are not yet behind any ban from the games. The Herald also called for all of Zimbabwe to unite and as a counter measure to boycott the Commonwealth Games.

Any verdict on the matter would need to be made by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The current suspension cover only Commonwealth council activities not sport.


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