Highlights for Zambia this week at the Olympics

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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Tokyo, Japan
July 23 - August 8, 2021 
Zambian boxer Everisto Mulenga will take on Colombia's David Avila in the men's featherweight bout at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan on July 28.
Mulenga reached the Round of 16 after being handed a bye in the Round of 32 and he will be hoping to move closer to securing an Olympic medal when he faces Avila. 
The 22-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2019 African Games and later qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by winning the African Qualification Tournament, both at featherweight.
His compatriot Patrick Chinyemba will lock horns with Britain's Galal Yafai in the men's flyweight bout on July 31.
Chinyemba reached the Round of 16 after defeating Australia's Alex Winwood in the Round of 32 and he will take on either Yosvany Veitía of Cuba or Sulemanu Tetteh in the quarter-finals if he defeats Yafai.
Meanwhile, Zambian swimmer Tilka Paljk, who was born in Slovenia, will compete in women’s 50m freestyle heats on July 30 and she will be hoping to advance to the next round. 
The National Olympic Committee of Zambia president Alfred Foloko has had to jump to the defence of Paljk after some Zambians took to social media attacking her after she was announced as one of the two flag carriers for the opening ceremony.

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“We disregard such ignorant hurtful comments from our fans who may not have an idea of what constitutes a citizen," Foloko said. 
"We encourage Tilka to remain focused fully believing in herself and ensuring to perform at her very best while dressed in Zambian colours."
Zambian sprinter Rhoda Njovu will be in action on July 30 as the athletics' track and fields get underway at the Japan National Stadium.
Njobvu will compete in the women's 100 meters preliminary round having qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after managed to beat the qualifying time of 11.15 by 0.03 milliseconds.
Shortly afterwards, Njovu increased her record over 200 meters to 22:69 improving Kabange Mupopo's previous national record from 2017 by almost half a second.
Therefore, she qualified for the 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics as well.

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Published: 07/27/2021