It’s not just Kim Jong-un who is disappointed with the North Korean Olympics team’s performance. Apparently the president is Zimbabwe is furious with his Olympic squad.
President Robert Mugabe is incensed that out of 31 athletes who participated in the Rio Olympics 2016, not one could bring home a medal. The closest any of the athletes came to winning a contest was at the 8th position.
Mugabe instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the entire Zimbabwean Olympic Team as soon as they landed at the Harare International Airport.
The tyrant president eviscerated the entire team verbally as well.
“We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money” he said. “If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us.”
The reason for his fury, according to Mugabe, was that the money invested in the Olympics could have been used to fund schools and provide the public with basic amenities. Now, that the team had come home empty handed, they had lost the opportunity on both sides to do good.
“This situation is like an impotent man who is married to five women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it takes 10 years to recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless,” he concluded.
It’s not surprising the Zimbabwe team did not put up a good performance. The African country has a serious lack of facilities as well as funds to promote sports. Athletes, who do get the chance to train at sports facilities — like the City Sports Centre and National Sports Stadium — complain of difficulties in paying the fees (sometimes as much as $75, an amount which is not sustainable for the poor country) as most of these amenities are owned by local authorities.
Zimbabwe’s government, however, denies any such claims.
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