- President Robert Mugabe has ordered the arrest of the Zimbabwean Olympic Team
- Mugabe is unhappy the Zimbabwean Olympic Team that failed to win a medal at the Rio Olympics
- Mugabe says he would have been satisfied with athletes finishing 4th or 5th in competitions
President Robert Mugabe has reportedly ordered the arrest of the entire Zimbabwean Olympic team for failing to win a medal at the just concluded 2016 Rio Olympics.
According to the NTA, Mugabe met with the commissioner general of Zimbabwe police republic, Augustine Chihuri and asked him to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately they arrive the Harare International Airport.
Zimbabwe presented a team of 31 athletes at the Olympics. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.
Incensed with this performance, the 92-year-old reportedly told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them.
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“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.”
He added that the athletes would would have to pay what he calls 'soft loans' to the government no matter how long it takes them.
“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.