'Grassroots key to sporting success'

HARARE - Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane has said grassroots development is critical if the country is to succeed in the future.

Hlongwane was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Olympiafrica Sports Centre in Epworth on Monday.

“... This is a crucial intervention coming as it is at this juncture to be able to deal with the development of sports in the townships and in this particular instance, Epworth,” Hlongwane said.

“We take seriously the concept of sport for all.... the concept of grass roots sport and ... the concept of mass sport. One of the things that have continued to arrest our development as a sport sector... is our absence in the community.”

Epworth Member of Parliament Zalerah Makari said the facility will help empower her constituency.

The construction of the Olympiafrica Centre is expected to gobble up $500 000 and will be financed by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (Zoc).

The facility will house a track and field venue, football pitch, multi-purpose court for basketball, handball, tennis and volleyball.

There will also be a conference room, educational block, library and changing rooms.

Former Innscor group corporate affairs executive Musekiwa Khumbula, born and bred in Epworth, came up with the idea before approaching Zoc, who then entered into a long-term lease agreement with the Epworth Local Board.

Zoc president Admire Masenda said: “We are grateful to our international partners for the initial funding of $150 000 which is already in the coffers and construction should begin within the next three months once a consensus is reached on what should come first and everything else follows.

“The project should cost not less than $500 000 and the estimated time frame for the completion of the centre should be about five years but we expect that in the next two years the basic facility should in place and ready for utilisation by the respective beneficiaries who are the Epworth residents themselves.”

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