- Kirsty Coventry has been appointed as Zimbabwe’s new minister of youth, sport, arts and recreation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa
- Coventry is Africa’s most decorated Olympic athlete with a tally of seven swimming medals to her name
- The former Olympian was sworn into office along with 19 other new cabinet ministers on Monday
Kirsty Coventry has been appointed as Zimbabwe’s new minister of youth, sport, arts and recreation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Coventry is Africa’s most decorated Olympic athlete with a tally of seven swimming medals to her name.
Coventry was one of 20 new Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who were sworn into office on Monday. The former Olympian said she was honoured to be a part of Mnangagwa’s new cabinet and looked forward to serving the people of Zimbabwe.
Coventry’s appointment was widely praised by Zimbabweans when Mnangagwa announced his new cabinet last week. Her appointment has been praised as a move in the right direction to help Zimbabwe rebuild its once proud sporting legacy.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Coventry is expected to face challenges in dealing with the governing bodies of Zimbabwean cricket and soccer. The two sports are by far the most popular in the country and resurrecting the struggling organisations will be key for Coventry.
Sport24.com reported that former Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu said it helped that Coventry was a sportswoman who had intimate knowledge of how sports in Zimbabwe functions. He said he knew she would do her level best to get sports institution back on an even keel.
Coventry said she was excited about her new role and the opportunities it presented her to help empower the country’s youth through sport, recreation and the arts.
News24.com reported that Coventry vowed to make Zimbabweans proud and said she intended to serve the people of the country with pride and dedication.
Coventry is known as Zimbabwe’s golden girl because of her Olympic success. She won gold medals in 2004 and 2008 and collected a further four silver and a bronze medal. Coventry became famous for donating most of her prize money to charity.
Coventry is widely considered one of the most loved and legendary athletes in Zimbabwe.
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