Following the cancellation of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, South African based Zimbabwean long distance runner Fortunate Chidzivo decided to return home 

The novel covid-19 affected Chidzivo who was hoping to fine tune her training ahead of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, which were originally scheduled for 29th of March 2020 in Gdynia, Poland, but were postponed to the 17th of October, due to coronavirus pandemic.

Back home Tiger tried her effort best to stay in shape and has been training veteran Zimbabwe long distance runner Cephas Pasipamire. Pasipamire qualified in a number of IAAF certified competition including the 2015 World Championship in Athletics, therefore I felt he was the right person to offer me optimal training I need to accomplish my goal of qualifying for the Olympics.

With close to four weeks left before the championship kicks off in Gdynia, Chidzivo is yet to receive a visa. National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe had to approach the Polish Embassy in South Africa, who then granted her a visa interview on the 29th of September.

Long distance runner will now have to travel to South Africa for a visa interview, by road because the correspondence from the Polish Embassy in Pretoria arrived on Friday, therefore not giving NAAZ enough time to find a flight. With South African boarders still closed Chidzivo is hopeful she will make it in time for the interview.

National Athletic Association of Zimbabwe has offered Chidzivo a clearance letter which she will have to use to enable her attend the visa interview.. Yesterday she was tested for the novel covid-19 and results came out negative was issued with covid-19 certificate and is expected to travel to South Africa anytime this week.


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