Sport, recre­ation pol­icy ap­proved

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

THE Min­istry of Sport and Recre­ation has an­nounced that the Sport and Recre­ation Pol­icy was ap­proved by Cab­i­net on Tues­day.

The pol­icy aims to un­lock the po­ten­tial of sport and recre­ation as an in­dus­try and ad­dress the re-or­gan­i­sa­tion of the sec­tor through a “Sport and Recre­ation For All” ap­proach that en­vis­ages the democrati­sa­tion of and the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of sport and recre­ation de­liv­ery agents to the grass­roots and other pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

Fur­ther­more, the pol­icy’s thrust is also the es­tab­lish­ment of a sound com­pe­ti­tions struc­ture that starts from the base of the pyra­mid to the na­tional level by all sport and recre­ation de­liv­ery agents.

The com­pe­ti­tions struc­ture should pro­mote the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, de­vel­op­ment and track­ing of ta­lent from the grass­roots level to the top of the pyra­mid.

The wel­fare of ath­letes, coaches and train­ers, ref­er­ees and um­pires are also ad­dressed by the pol­icy and the Govern­ment will move swiftly to es­tab­lish com­mis­sions that ad­dress the wel­fare, peer ed­u­ca­tion, em­pow­er­ment and or­gan­i­sa­tion of labour in the sports sec­tor.

“The pol­icy is an im­por­tant com­pass to guide and un­ravel the Na­tional Vi­sion for sport and recre­ation in Zim­babwe on the ba­sis of which leg­is­la­tion on match-fix­ing, anti-dop­ing and other forms of cheat­ing in sport is to be en­acted,” reads the state­ment.

“Dis­crim­i­na­tion against women and the dis­abled are im­por­tant the­matic is­sues that have also been ad­dressed in the pol­icy.

The pol­icy fur­ther ad­dresses the cel­e­bra­tion and pro­jec­tion of cul­ture and iden­tity through a wellor­gan­ised in­dige­nous games’ struc­ture, while at the same time pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of phys­i­cal fit­ness and well­ness for all in Zim­babwe, among other things.”

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