Govt adopts Sports policy

Sports minister Hlongwane
By James Muonwa

Cabinet on Tuesday gave the nod to the Sports and Recreation Policy
that seeks to transform the sector and ensure competiveness of local
athletes at international platforms.
Sports and Recreation minister, Makhosini Hlongwane made the
announcement yesterday (today Aug 17) during the Youth In Sport
Cenference in Chinhoyi that was running concurrently with the ongoing
14th edition of the Zimbabwe National Youth Games (ZNYG). The absence of a National Sports Policy was the missing link that militated against athletes from making it big at international competitions such as the Olympics, Hlongwane said.
He said the policy envisages undoing the colonial legacy that excluded the majority from participating in sports and recreation activities. “The ‘Sports For All’ initiative is enshrined in this policy as we seek the democratization and decentralization of sports and recreation which before independence segregated the majority and made sport elitist.
“ We want to remove past prejudices that continue to arrest us,” said Hlongwane.
The sports minister said the blueprint would broaden participation of athletes from the remotest outposts.
He said Zimbabwe, through the policy, shall reorganize the sector by regulating, enabling and facilitating the establishment of viable down-stream industries.
Among other issues, the document will pave the way for the promulgation of Anti-Match Fixing, Anti-Doping legislation and develop a funding model for all national teams. The policy also seeks to reformat the ZNYG that would see competitions starting from ward level to enhance competitiveness at the national showcase.
Meanwhile, the host province, Mashonaland West was leading the medals log table having bagged 18, seven gold, four silver and seven bronze, most of which are from athletics. Harare was second while third was Bulawayo with 11 and eight medals, respectively.

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