By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
NATIONAL Paralympic Committee of Zambia (NPCZ) is scouting for K150, 000 to send seven athletes to the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships scheduled for November.
The championships, from November 7 to 15, will serve as a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
In an interview, NPCZ general secretary Moses Mubanga said they have secured air tickets and accommodation for one athlete and a coach.
“We picked eight athletes for the championship and we managed to secure for one thanks to the International Paralympic Committee.
We now have to find resources for the remaining seven athletes and I am appealing to well-wishers to assist us raise the money,” he said. He said Zambia stood a better chance of winning medals at the Dubai event if they sent more than one athlete.
Mubanga was confident the eight-member team which would bring glory to Zambia.
Meanwhile, 400m runner Monica Munga leaves today for Japan for a week-long training camp.
Mubanga said Munga is being prepared for next year’s Paralympics Games and also the inaugural Africa Paralympic Games slated for Morocco in January.
The eight-member Dubai bound team has Munga (400m), Lassam Katongo (400m), Christopher Mukosha (100m) and Joseph Lungu (400m).
Others are Alex Ziba (400m), Mafunase Phiri (400m), Selina Phiri (100m) and Loud Moonga (400m/800m).