Min­istry to pro­mote sport in schools

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Takudzwa Chit­siga Sports Re­porter

SPORTS and Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Makhosini Hlong­wane said they are dis­cussing strate­gies of pro­mot­ing sport in schools start­ing next year.

Hlong­wane said this at an HIV and cancer pre­ven­tion Pro-Am golf tour­na­ment press brief held at Royal Harare yes­ter­day.

“My min­istry has a de­lib­er­ate strat­egy of pro­mot­ing sports in schools as part of the cur­ric­ula.

“This strat­egy an­chored on our belief is that sport can, among other things, pro­mote a healthy life­style and of­fer al­ter­na­tive oc­cu­pa­tion for those that ex­cel. “It is our hope that as the chil­dren grow into adult­hood they can max­imise on the health ben­e­fits of sport that they learn in schools. “I want to com­mend the ini­tia­tive by the Na­tional Aids Coun­cil to en­gage in a fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity while high­light­ing the cen­tral con­nec­tion be­tween sport and health. “We need such ini­tia­tives not for golf only but for all sport. “I am ap­peal­ing to Nac and other re­lated en­ti­ties to roll out such a con­cept to all other sports and com­mu­ni­ties so that all our peo­ple can ben­e­fit from the ad­van­tages of par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports for health,” said Hlong­wane. The tour­na­ment will see Claire Min­ter make his­tory by be­com­ing the first fe­male pro­fes­sional to com­pete in a male dom­i­nated field when she takes part in the tour­na­ment set for to­mor­row. The event will see sev­eral top pro­fes­sion­als tak­ing part in the three-day event be­gin­ning to­mor­row and fin­ish­ing on Fri­day. Min­ter, who had hung up her clubs, re­turned to the sport this year and is do­ing well. The tour­na­ment will see play­ers like Marc Cayuaex, Stephen Fer­reira, Tongo Charamba and Garry Thomp­son also tak­ing part.

Makhosini Hlong­wane

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