Chief of Mission for the Zambian team participating at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Boniface Kambikambi has described the performance of the Zambian athletics as disappointing.
Kambikambi said the athletes have not performed to the expectations of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ).
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in Brazil Patson Chilemba.
Kambikambi pointed out that despite being physically prepared, the athletes lacked the psychological aspect to pull through to the next level of the games.
He however said more needs to be done in future tournaments by ensuring that the athletes are psychologically prepared by exposing them to many international competitions.
The Zambian athletes that have so far bowed out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are Judoka Mathews Punza, Middleweight Boxer Ben Muziyo and Female swimmer Jade Howard
Others are 400 meters African female champion Kabange Mupopo, male swimmer Ralph Goviea and 100 meters male runner Gerald Phiri.
Mr. Kambikambi is hopeful that the only remaining Zambian participant at the Olympics Jordan Chipangano will do well in his marathon race.