By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Zimbabwe Football Association of Zimbabwe (ZIFA) in a statement issue on Thursday, congratulated Minister of Sports, Kirsty Coventry for the accolade she received from President Emmerson Mnangagwa in honour of her individual achievements.
President Mnangagwa on Monday during Heroes Day celebrations, honoured 39 individuals and institutions whose achievements contributed in the development of the country.
The two-time Olympic champion,
Coventry, was among the individuals that were recognised by the President.
In a statement, Communications and Competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela, the country’s football mother body expressed their delight towards the new development.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) conveys heartfelt congratulations to the Honourable Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Dr. Kirsty Coventry on receiving an Order of the Star Zimbabwe gold medal from the president of Zimbabwe, His Excellence Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa during the 2021 national Hereos day celebrations on Monday,” read part of the statement.
ZIFA applauded the President’s decision to honour Coventry and said the former athlete deserved the award.
“The five time Olympian and record seven female swimmer medalist is most deserving of the outstanding service to the nation as a national ambassador and inspirational role model to many young Zimbabweans,” ZIFA said.
The Felton Kamambo led organisation urged the country’s youths and sportpersons to feel proud to have such a compatriot who is now a government representative.
Despite the honour she received on Monday, the 38-year-old former Olympic swimmer, recently got international recognition in the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic.
As the Africa’s most decorated Olympian, Coventry was elected as a full member of the International Olympic Committe (IOC) after serving as the IOC athletes commission since 2013.