Schools sports important: Zim sports minister

07 May 2017 12:10pm
By Marco Ndlovu
HARARE, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – School sport is the foundation of all sports.
This was said by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Sports and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane at the conclusion of the 18th Confederation of Southern African School Sports Associations (Cosassa) Games in Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday.
“Schools are feeder systems of mainstream sports in any nation, and as Ministry of Sports and Recreation in Zimbabwe, we value the role you play in identifying and nurturing talent that is rooted in abundance in our schools,” Hlongwane said in a speech delivered on his behalf.
He noted that sports is a source of livelihood for many people all over the world through the business it generates.
It can be one of the highest paying jobs in the world, hence the need to encourage students to take sports seriously.
Hlongwane further urged the Southern African Development Community to enhance cooperation amongst member states and sync sports with the group’s founding principles.
He said the fact that four nations managed to take part in the event goes to show how powerful sport is in uniting and bringing people of different backgrounds together.
The minister wished that those countries who did not make it for one reason or the other this time will make it the future games.
He further revealed that Zimbabwe will be ready to host future Cosassa games when called upon to do so.
The event was held at Queen Elizabeth High School, where several top performing athletes were rewarded for their performance from Thursday until Saturday.
These top performing athletes were given medals and trophies, while every participant was also recognised through a certificate of participation.