Rio2016Mathew Punza’s 2016 Olympic hopes are over after bowing out in the pre-quarterfinals of the Judo competition.

Punza, who was making his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, was beaten 101-0 in the last 16 by Adrian Gomboc of Slovenia in a 66kg class bout.

This after he advanced from the preliminary round with a 100-0 win over Golan Pollack of Israel.

On Tuesday, Middleweight boxer ben Muziyo will try and keep Team Zambia’s lone boxing hopes in Brazil alive.

The 2014 Commonwealth Bronze medal winner will face Onder Sipal of Turkey.

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  1. 50 years after Independence and we have nothing to show at the Olympics…we only represented by 7 members – we have gone backwards even with all those useless stadia we built at great cost!!

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    • Represented by 7 members!! What a disgrace…out of a population of nearly 15 million. Even a country like Finland with a population of 350000 sent more than 7 competitors. Yet Lungu can take a delegation of over 200 people to attend a UN conference where he is not even a speaker. He take over 100 musicians and dancers on his campaign trail. Misplaced priorities.

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    • @PM I suppose you are referring to Iceland! Finland has a population of around 5 million. Zambia needs to improve in this aspect. We are very disorganized when it comes to such serious issues.

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  2. Given the conditions they train under and compared to the conditions the developed world give to their sports men and women, credit should be given to these guys for making the Olympic games’ norm. We should be proud of them instead of armchair criticizing. These are some of the questions we should be asking those who aspire to lead this great nation.

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  3. Perhaps if you invite some of your brothers and sisters here in this land to help you, Zambia’s Olympic hopes will improve. many of us here in do not want to represent this murdering country, and we would be very pleased to represent Zambia, or at the very least train some of our brothers and sisters there. Perhaps if an invitation were extended by members of the government, there might be positive results. I am a former professional fighter and would enjoy training my brothers in Zambia. I am also very proficient in basketball, and my son and daughter are both nationally recognized players. In fact, my 14 year old daughter is a three time state champion, as well as a one time AAU National Champion, and colleges are already scouting her.

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