The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) board has been dissolved.
The ZRU board has been under fire following poor performances by the senior national team in the Africa Gold Cup in which the Sables only managed to survive relegation from group A1 after finishing a place above demoted Senegal.
Acting Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Director-General, Joseph Muchechetere announced the suspension in a statement to the media, saying an interim committee would run the affairs of rugby and would be accountable to the commission.
“I write on behalf of the SRC board to inform the nation that at its business meeting convened on 7 August 2017, the President and the executive board of the ZRU were suspended with immediate effect,’’ he said.
“Note that this decision excludes the CEO, who is also the Secretary General of the ZRU. This decision was made after having carefully deliberated on the challenges affecting the ZRU since its inception as a board in 2016,” he added.
Muchechetere cited the continued deterioration of the state and administration of rugby as evidenced by the poor results from matches played against Namibia, Kenya, Tunisia and Uganda.
Another reason for the suspension was failure to adhere to provisions of the SRC Act (Chapter 25:15) of 1991 and revised in 1996 and regulations (1995) by willfully not seeking the clearance of the Zimbabwe women’s rugby team which toured Francistown, Botswana on the 27th of May this year.
The ZRU board also stands accused of failing to accommodate the visiting Zambia men and women’s national teams.
The teams arrived on 2 June 2017 and were only accommodated on 3 June 2017, a development the SRC felt tarnished the image of the country.
The administrative crisis in the union attracted the attention of the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane, who demanded a probe by the sports commission.