Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili has expressed optimism that Zambian athletes will mint medals at the forthcoming Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kambwili said Zambia will continue with the tradition of participating in the Commonwealth games.
He hoped that Team Zambia will haul a lot of medals at the games which will be held from July 23 to August 3, 2014.
He was speaking in Lusaka today when he launched the Queen’s Baton relay route.
Kambwili said the Zambia was currently fine tuning a team that should reap medals for the
country in Glasgow, Scotland.
Zambia returns to Scotland after 44 years since the 1970 Commonwealth games held in Edinburgh where she reaped four medals.
Neal Bryce won a silver medal in bowls, Julius Luipa a silver in light middleweight boxing, while Paul Kayula and Samuel Kasongo got bronze medals in light welterweight and middleweight boxing respectively.
At the 2010 Commonwealth games held in Delhi, India, Zambian athletes returned home empty handed after 11 days of competitions in 272 events in 21 sports disciplines.
And the Minister of Sport has urged the general public to turn up in large numbers to celebrate the Queen’s Baton through a relay that will be flagged off by Vice President Guy Scott on January 27 at Cabinet Office.
Kambwili also meanwhile commended Citi Bank for donating a cheque amounting to
K14, 500 to the National Olympic Committee to aid Zambia’s preparations for the games.
The Queen’s Baton precedes the Commonwealth games and is as an official invitation to member states to go and participate in the games.
And British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton said the Queen’s Baton builds awareness and understanding of what the Commonwealth games mean.