Prince Mumba represented Zambia at the just ended London 2012 Olympics . He participated in the men’s 800 meters event getting a time of 1 min 49.07 sec .
KAPA187: Who is Prince Mumba?
Prince Mumba: Humble and a person with patience and a person who loves God and track so much that gave up a good paying job to get a chance to train and represent the nation.
KAPA187: What was your motivation to take up athletics seriously?
Prince Mumba: Patience and love of track and my country.
KAPA187: Are you doing athletics as a career or do u have other interests ?
Prince Mumba: career although I do other part time jobs to pay my bills and take care of my family.
KAPA187: What was the qualification process like to get to the Olympics?
Prince Mumba: I trained so hard and tirelessly. Spent lots of money to travel for competitions and also seeing the chiropractor and physiotherapists. Never worked so hard in my life like I did before. I trained the same workout Duane Solomon the 4th place at the Olympics and he ran 1:42. This gave me an idea how I was gonna perform had not been an injury and some little chest pains.
KAPA187: What do you do to keep in shape during the off season i.e. when not in any competitions
Prince Mumba: I technically have no off season. Coach always gives me two weeks off then start back with an active rest for another two weeks then start preparing for next Season by getting miles, about 100miles per week and also compete in some road races. Then indoor season.
KAPA187: What are some of your best memory’s from London 2012
Prince Mumba: Watching my friends breaking through. Three of my friends were in the 800m final. The winner broke the WR, Amos broke world junior record and Botswana NR and Duane had a tremendous personal best PR
KAPA187: Were you satisfied with your performance in the 800m heat?
Prince Mumba: Not at all. But I’m a soldier even though I felt something pulling on my left quads, I continued to run. I’m only satisfied because I was able to compete and represented my beautiful country
KAPA187: Will you participate in the next Olympics?
Prince Mumba: I don’t know. I take every year at a time. I have the worlds next year which I’m focusing on.
KAPA187: What does Zambia need to do to start winning medals?
Prince Mumba: Zambia need to invest in athletes and not just criticize. Every country I have been, they treat sports with respect all kind of athletics. I see many companies involved in sports. Also athletes are scared to fully involved because they don’t know what to do after sports is done. Anyway, for me I have to get some part time jobs to survive because I don’t get full support for my sports. We need to encourage the athletes by helping them financially so that they can only focus on sports nothing else. I wrote letters to more than 20 companies in Zambia asking for sponsorship, I didn’t get any response from any. If I didn’t love track I would give up.
KAPA187: What words of encouragement do you have for young up and coming athletes in Zambia?
Prince Mumba: With or without help from anybody, we need to first of all thank God for the talent and keep believing in yourselves. Be disciplined; continue working hard and the answer will come someday.
KAPA187: What other hobbies do you have, and is there anything your fans will be surprised to know about you.
Prince Mumba: I play a keyboard and do a little bit of singing. The surprising thing is, I do graphic design. I’m good with photoshop and other graphic design programs
KAPA187: In 10 years i will be …..
Prince Mumba: I wanna help sport grow in Zambia.