$53.5m bud­get for Sport Min­istry

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

THE Govern­ment has un­der­taken to sup­port var­i­ous na­tional teams as well as in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment af­ter re­al­i­sa­tion that sport ben­e­fits the coun­try through health div­i­dend as well as em­ploy­ment cre­ation.

The was said by Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mthuli Ncube in his pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2019 na­tional bud­get yes­ter­day that saw an al­lo­ca­tion of $53.5 mil­lion to the Min­istry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation headed by swim­ming icon Kirsty Coven­try.

“In­clu­siv­ity is fur­ther go­ing to be en­hanced through re­fo­cus­ing our­selves to the area of sports, arts and re­cre­ation, which is a strong tool for sup­port­ing our cit­i­zens whether youths, women and the el­derly. Sport also ben­e­fits the coun­try through the health div­i­dend as well as em­ploy­ment cre­ation.

“Ac­cord­ingly the 2019 bud­get pro­poses an al­lo­ca­tion of $53.5 mil­lion for the Min­istry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation, pri­ori­tis­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, na­tional teams and op­er­a­tions of in­sti­tu­tions un­der the min­istry,” said Min­is­ter Ncube in his bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion.

There have been wide­spread calls from var­i­ous na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions for the govern­ment to take an ac­tive role in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of sports in the coun­try.

Min­is­ter Ncube’s pre­sen­ta­tion comes at a time the na­tional net­ball team is set to par­tic­i­pate in the 2019 Net­ball World Cup fi­nals in Liver­pool, Eng­land, while the War­riors are on course to qual­ify for the 2019 To­tal Africa Cup of Na­tions.

Min­is­ter Kirsty Coven­try

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