‘Sports bod­ies, be up-to-date with pol­icy’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Sports Leaders In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe (Sliz) has urged sport as­so­ci­a­tions’ leaders to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the new Sports and Recre­ation Pol­icy which is in line with Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts of im­prov­ing the lo­cal sports in­dus­try.

Through the pol­icy, ad­min­is­tra­tors will be graded ac­cord­ing to qual­i­fi­ca­tions that they have with the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) cre­at­ing a reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity which will en­sure qual­i­fied peo­ple lead sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions.

Rus­sell Mhiribidi, the Sliz pres­i­dent said stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tors has been long over­due.

Speak­ing af­ter suc­cess­fully host­ing the third Sliz Sum­mer Camp which ended on Sun­day in Nyanga and had 320 par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing 11 Zam­bians Mhiribidi said his or­gan­i­sa­tion will com­ple­ment Gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort through their ca­pac­ity build­ing ex­er­cises.

“Sliz’s ex­is­tence is to build ca­pac­ity build­ing and en­sure that sports ad­min­is­tra­tors em­brace the right fun­da­men­tals of sport man­age­ment. We’re happy with the new de­vel­op­ment that the SRC is un­der­tak­ing fol­low­ing the Min­istry of Sports and Recre­ation’s suc­cess­ful push for the sports pol­icy. As Sliz we’re ready to play our part to­wards equip­ping and build­ing leaders.

“We need to work to­gether be­cause sport is all about team­work, has be­come highly sci­en­tific and so it is dif­fi­cult to just func­tion prop­erly if you are sim­ply elected and don’t have any sport man­age­ment ed­u­ca­tion to count on,” said Mhiribidi.

Through their train­ing pro­grammes and camps held for teach­ers, ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment paras­tatals and some sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as foot­ball clubs, Sliz has trained over 2 000 peo­ple in three years.

Mhiribidi said they are plan­ning on em­bark­ing on more train­ing pro­grammes in 2017.

“We will con­tinue with our train­ing pro­grammes and hope sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and as­pir­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors will at­tend our ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shops so that when grad­ing starts they are not found want­ing. Our pro­grammes are com­pe­tent as we have highly qual­i­fied fa­cil­i­ta­tors so that par­tic­i­pants are equipped with the right knowl­edge that helps them be­come bet­ter leaders,” Mhiribidi said. The speak­ers at the just ended camp in­cluded Dr Joyce Nd­abi of Tan­za­nia’s Dar es Salaam, Zam­bia’s Musunza Sombwa who used to op­er­ate from his coun­try’s Olympic De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre as well as World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) ac­cred­ited doc­tor Ni­cholas Mun­y­onga. The deputy di­rec­tor of schools sport, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, arts and cul­ture in the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion, Tendai Ta­gara and the act­ing SRC direc­torgen­eral Joseph Muchechetere also made pre­sen­ta­tions at the camp. — @ZililoR.

Rus­sell Mhiribidi

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