Athletes Elating Swazi Flag in Rio 2016


Swaziland іѕ programmed to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Swaziland first partook at the Olympic Games in 1972. Thеу missed the next two games but returned for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and have participated in all the games ѕіnсе then. Thеу made thеіr first and оnlу debut at the Winter Olympics in 1992. In all competitions thеу have уеt to win an award.

Currently there are Olympic games taking place in Rio, from Swaziland we have Sibusiso Matsenjwa participating in the Men’s 200 metre (this is not his first international debut as he once participated in the London Olympics in 2012) and Phumlile Ndzinisa in the Women’s 100 m (she contended in the 400 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she lost in the first round but broke the record in women’s 400m record with 53.95). In preparation for the Rio games, Phumlile went to Mauritius with her coach Steven Buckland to complete training for the Olympic Games in Paris, France. Phumlile returned to Swaziland on the 30th July 2016 was scheduled to leave with the delegation on the 1st. In preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Sibusiso went to Zambia, preparing with the Zambian team. He is competing in the Men’s 200m. His recent greatest time is 20.87sec.

The Rio games consist of sixteen days of different sport. These sports consist of swimming, track and field, soccer, to mention a few. Our athletes are competing in track and field. For those who do not understand the term “track and field” it is very simple, it is just a fancy word for running.

Both our athletes are scheduled to join the track and field competition as I write this article the (5th of July). We wish them all the best as they lift the Swazi flag high. We do hope they come back with medals. As a nation we should pledge our support to them by watching them every step of the race.

It is a sad fact that some of our fellows Swazi’s have no idea about the Rio games or when they will take place. Some do not even know that we have fellow Swazi’s participating in these games. We are so invested in soccer that we forget about our other talents.  Let us cheer them on as they make us proud. Show support like we did Sihlangu when they were up against Congo in the COSAFA games.

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