Coventry says good governance lacking in sport

By Mukudzeyi Chikasha/Sam Mhindu

Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry has said lack of good governance is hindering the development of sport in the country.

She was speaking in Gweru this week during the disbursement of relief funds to artists and athletes in the Midlands.

“Good governance is lacking in sport that’s why resources are vulnerable, instead of safeguarding what’s ours the trustees we are putting in place are taking resources for personal gain. It is so unfortunate for the raw talent that is being put to waste by such elements of stealing what’s meant to perfect beautiful talent,” Coventry said.

She added that government is in the process of acquiring sports centres.

“We are in the process of acquiring certain sports centers which will mean vibrant sporting as well as empowering of the youths,” she said. 

Meanwhile, Coventry urged artists and athletes to be innovative as the cushioning disbursements from government are not enough. 

Government is cushioning various sectors which have been affected by the COVID-19 induced lockdown. 

In the process artists have been at a great disadvantage since there were not performing live shows. 

“l just want you to know that this ministry is very broad and the money you are getting is never going to be enough, but make use of all platforms to sell off what you have to offer,” she said.

Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavhima who was also part of the event encouraged the beneficiaries to use the money wisely.

“Only a fool is going to drink away this money, the wise are going to invest it on their talent and careers.”

Mavhima is a survivor of Covid-19.

“l am a survivor of Covid and l know how it is to fight a respiratory illness which has no defined treatment, l want to thank all of you here who adhered to the regulations since the beginning of the lockdown. Especially the performing arts it’s not easy to survive without live performances.”

In the meeting artists pointed out some challenges which they are encountering such as bureaucracy especially of finance related issues, abuse of resources for political and personal gain as well as undermining of local talent.

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