'Stop being whipping boys'

HARARE - A leading business executive has called on Zimbabwean sports representatives to regain their competitive edge in international competitions.
Outgoing Old Mutual chief executive Luke Ngwerume was speaking during the handover of the newly-refurbished tennis courts at Harare Sports Club, valued at $16 000.

Ngwerume urged Zimbabwean sporting representatives to stop being punching bags of other nations.
“This business of us being used by other countries to set records is not on, in fact it should be the other way round,” Ngwerume said.

“Sport is big business, not only is it good for the sportsmen and women who enjoy it, it’s also a way of promoting a country. I’m sure the Americans, after their Andre Agassi-led Davis Cup team was nearly beaten by Zimbabwe in the Davis Cup few years ago, got to know about a small country called Zimbabwe.”

Ngwerume urged the corporate sector to help put Zimbabwean sport back on the world map.

“What sport can do for a country is incredible. So it makes sense for companies such as Old Mutual, if they really want to play the transformation game, to make resources available. So that the people who are trying to get us onto the map will be well equipped,” he said.

“I was discussing with my colleague this other day after watching Zimbabwe struggling at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. Then I said ‘this business of being used by other countries to help them set records should stop.’”

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