ZANIS SPORTS COPY — Govt. commits itself to sports activities

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Govt. commits itself to sports activities

Kasama, August 18th, 2014, ZANIS —-  GOVERNMENT says it’s committed to ensure that all sporting activities receive the maximum support and improve in the country.


Northern Province permanent secretary Hlobotha Nkunika says this was because sports was a very important activity because it kept participants fit and healthy.


He said it is important for young people to participate in sporting activities in order to avoid vices like drugs and illicit sex.


ZANIS sports reports that the Permanent Secretary said this when he officiated at the prize giving ceremony for the Zambia Junior Golf Association (ZJGA) tournament held at Kasama Golf Club in Kasama over the weekend.


The tournament attracted 37 junior golfers from Mbala, Mpika and Kasama districts, respectively.


Nkunika added that as a way of promoting sport, government was collaborating with the Kasama Golf Club to rehabilitate the tennis court at the institution.


He said government will also assist in procuring new sporting equipment to promote the talents of young golfers.


Nkunika called on business houses to come on board and support young sports men and women for them to reach their full potential.


He was impressed that some of the participants in the tournament were female while others were as young as nine years.


Nkunika commended the Zambia Junior Golf Association (ZJGA) for successfully holding the event.


And speaking earlier, (ZJGA) director Oloysius Phiri said he was impressed with the performance of the junior golfers in Kasama.


Phiri revealed that the association will this December send a Coach to mentor and nurture young talent in the area.


He commended sponsors who included Kasama Milling Company, Prefix Hotels and Chiti School among others for their input in ensuring that the tournament was a success.


He said Zambia is one country that was doing well in terms of golf in the Southern African region.


Phiri revealed that some cooperating partners had shown interest in the development of golf in the country and had pledged to invest in junior golfers to grow the sport.