Sport

Parley committee tips NSCZ, NOCZ

CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
THE Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sport has urged the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) and the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) to work together and improve sport.
Committee chairperson Elijah Muchima said sports standards have gone down because the two associations work in isolation.
Muchima said disorganisation amongst associations has contributed to the poor performance of athletes.
He said this yesterday when NSCZ appeared before the committee.
“I don’t know whether you hear what we hear about our athletes, especially when they compete at international tournaments. It’s a shame, it’s not even an issue we can discuss.
“You [NSCZ] need to work with National Olympic Committee of Zambia. Come up with ideas which can help uplift sports in our country. We need to be organised and work as a team,” said Muchima, who is Ikeleng’i member of Parliament.
In response, NSCZ board member Haroon Ghumra said NOCZ is an autonomous body not answerable to the NSCZ.
Ghumra, however, assured the committee that the sports motherbody will work closely with NOCZ.
He also appealed to Government to increase funding to sports.
Meanwhile, NSCZ general secretary Innocent Chalabesa told the committee that the council will work with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Education to nurture junior athletes.
“Focus should be at the grass roots, the provinces and schools. In order to achieve this, we seriously need infrastructure development in these areas,” Chalabesa said.

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