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    Hlongwane challenges Gweru to form community sport structures

    Princess Sibanda
    Midlands bureau

    - The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane has challenged residents of Gweru to come up with effective community sports structures as one way of identifying and tracking talent.
    He was speaking at a stakeholders meeting held at Gweru Polytechnic College recently.
    He said there should be community sports structures that are viable and productive.
    "This will go a long way in assisting in the identification, development and tracking of talent from grassroots structures to the national level by national sport associations.
    "While football, netball and athletics have been present at the local levels, some of these codes have happened spontaneously without a clear deliberate organizational intervention at the community levels," said Hlongwane.
    He also said that the absence of a consistent development trajectory for sport and recreation has been caused by the huge disparity between elite sport and mass sport whereby mass sport gets subsidiary attention while the potential for synergies has not been fully explored.
    He pointed out that for development in community sport structures to take place, National Sports Association should provide competitions that start from ward level up to national level so as to allow identification and tracking of talent for elite competitions while at the same time providing platforms for participation.
    He said there will be an establishment of the National Anti- Doping Agency (NADO) that will carry out awareness and educational activities on the consequences of using banned substances to enhance sport performances.sport

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