Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview that his Ministry will later this year hold a meeting with all associations to discuss ways of identifying athlete starting with the grassroots in all the 10 Provinces of Zambia.
Kambwili said, in line with its party manifesto, the PF Government has promised to launch a revised new sports policy which will give proper direction to Zambian sport development with a view of producing world-class athletes in the next 10 years.
Kambwili also said his ministry was currently in talks with the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Early Childhood Training on the need to reintroduce physical education (PE) as an examinable subject in the school syllabi.
“We hope to meet all national associations before the end of this year so that we brainstorm the challenges being faced in sports today and chart the way forward.
“We are also currently in talks with our colleagues at the Ministry of Education so that we can work together to bring glory back to the day when we had school boy internationals; what has happened to that?” Kambwili said.
He said it was disheartening to find that some schools do not even have play grounds for children and in other schools sports is treated as a by-the-way subject.
“That is one of the issues we are discussing so that we can also reintroduce PE in schools as an examinable subject,” Kambwili said.
He said on the cards also is a programme to organise community sports with the help of volunteers who will manage different sports disciplines at grassroot level as a way of identifying the athletes.
He paid tribute to the corporate world for their unconditional support towards various sports disciplines as a way of developing the industry.
The minister explained that all sports disciplines in the country were now receiving active attention from the Government and the corporate world.
Kambwili was particularly happy with new infrastructure development that he said was rising in tandem with other important national sectors like health, education, agriculture, mining, tourism among other key sectors.