Zimbabwe Olympic Committee President Admire Masenda has claimed that being able to take part again in the Commonwealth Games would help his country’s athletes prepare for major events.
Discussions have already started about Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth following the fall of Robert Mugabe as President last year.
It is extremely unlikely that Zimbabwe would be re-admitted in time for this year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast but they could be back in time for Birmingham 2022.
“The Commonwealth Games for us as a country was a good bridge to going to the Olympic Games or preparing us,” Masenda told Zimbabwe newspaper The Chronicle.
Zimbabwe, which had been a member of the Commonwealth since its independence in 1980, was suspended in 2002 after a Presidential election which was widely viewed as being seriously flawed.
The decision by the Commonwealth to suspend Zimbabwe came shortly after they had competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
They had won two medals there, a gold and silver,
The gold medal was won by Kirsty Coventry in the 200 metres individual medley.