Apparently peeved by the team’s performance, Mugabe, who referred to them as rats, told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them, immediately they arrived the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23, Reportsafrique gathered.
The Southern Africa nation, which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal, presented a team of 31 athletes at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympic. The best shot any of the athletes had to win in a contest was 8th position.
The controversial ruler said: “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.”
”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 President also said that, the money invested in the team to represent the country could have been used to provide amenities and build schools.
“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.