And the Zambian athletes have pledged to yield medals at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
The athletes who left this morning at the Kenneth Kaunda intentional airport in Lusaka aboard a South African airline assured the nation that they will work hard to bring glory and honour.
Speaking on behalf of the athletes, Mathews Punza a judoka said the athletes will strive to make the country proud by bringing back medals.
This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) communications officer Noah Silomba.
And OYDC Director Clement Chileshe is optimistic that the Zambian athletes will bring honour and positive results to the nation if they apply themselves fully. .
Chileshe said though the country is sending a small number of athletes to the Olympics, the quality of athletes has greatly improved and that Zambia has a good chance of reaping medals.
Zambia will be represented by seven athletes at the 2016 summer Olympics Games to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s top female athlete and Africa’s number one 800 meters runner Kabange Mupopo and her coach Douglas Kalembo will leave on August 6, 2016.
Zambia Judo Association President Alfred Foloko and National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) Executive Director Brenda Chipande were at the airport to see off the team.