Ig­no­rant sports ad­min ret­ro­gres­sive: Mhiribidi

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THE Sports Lead­ers In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe (SLIZ) has ac­cused “il­lit­er­ate” ad­min­is­tra­tors for ham­per­ing progress in the coun­try’s sports in­dus­try.

Newly ap­pointed head of African Sports Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (ASMA) South­ern Re­gion chap­ter and SLIZ di­rec­tor Rus­sell Mhiribidi said ig­no­rant ad­min­is­tra­tors are ret­ro­gres­sive and should not be al­lowed to lead as­so­ci­a­tions.

For the coun­try to re­alise full ben­e­fits from the sports in­dus­try, which has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate nu­mer­ous job op­por­tu­ni­ties for many, knowl­edge­able lead­ers should be trained.

“SLIZ is com­mit­ted to ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tors be­cause we be­lieve the foun­da­tion of a strong sport­ing na­tion is hav­ing peo­ple that un­der­stand fun­da­men­tals of lead­er­ship and the sub­ject that they’re at,” said Mhiribidi.

“You get wor­ried when you see il­lit­er­ate peo­ple hold­ing key po­si­tion in se­ri­ous as­so­ci­a­tions. There is a strong need to have lit­er­ate peo­ple that will un­der­stand or in­ter­pret sim­ple things like the con­sti­tu­tion.

“How do you lead an as­so­ci­a­tion when you can’t in­ter­pret the doc­u­ment that gov­erns your sport code? Such lead­ers only but de­lay pro­gres­sion of the sport in­dus­try and un­less they find help by study­ing, we’re doomed,” he said.

De­scribed as “a win­ning team that is build­ing lead­ers” by the act­ing Sports and Recreation Com­mis­sion (SRC) di­rec­tor-gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere, SLIZ trained 186 par­tic­i­pants at their win­ter camp held in Masvingo at the week­end.

Muchechetere said the SRC was wor­ried that most as­so­ci­a­tions were only func­tional at na­tional level, but dor­mant at the grass­roots be­cause their lead­ers were fail­ing to set up struc­tures.

“We’re at a time where govern­ment is com­mit­ted to­wards build­ing the sport in­dus­try and there’s a lot in­volved. You can see that sport is be­ing taken se­ri­ously as an in­dus­try through the in­tro­duc­tion of phys­i­cal education and sport as an ex­am­inable sub­ject. It’s time that we have com­pe­tent peo­ple lead­ing our sports as­so­ci­a­tions,” Muchechetere said.

“As SRC, we’re wor­ried that 65 per­cent of sports as­so­ci­a­tions are not prop­erly or­gan­ised. One ex­am­ple is that of foot­ball. Do you know that there are only 12 reg­is­tered area zones in Zim­babwe, mean­ing other ar­eas are not play­ing or­gan­ised foot­ball?

“If we talk of rugby, cricket, it’s a no, no. If we’re to build the sport in­dus­try in Zim­babwe, we have to start at the foun­da­tion and it is our hope that strate­gic part­ners like SLIZ con­tinue to train com­pe­tent lead­ers,” he said.

Muchechetere said through the in­tro­duc­tion of phys­i­cal education and sport, all the coun­try’s school go­ing pupils will be ex­posed to al­most all sport­ing dis­ci­plines.

He chal­lenged as­pir­ing sport lead­ers as well as those that hold po­si­tions in dif­fer­ent as­so­ci­a­tions to at­tend train­ing clin­ics sim­i­lar to the ones or­gan­ised by SLIZ.

SLIZ will hold a sum­mer camp later this year in Man­i­ca­land.

Rus­sell Mhiribidi

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