The newly appointed Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Cde Raymond Kazembe Kazembe has implored stakeholders in sport and recreation to adhere to the good tenets of corporate governance.

Addressing a conference on good governance in Harare today, Minister Kazembe made some  key policy pronouncements, urging the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) to tighten the screws especially on those who come seeking assistance when they are not in good standing  with laws of the land.

“We as the government are not happy with organisations and associations that have been assisted but failed to account for the resources they would have received,” he said.

SRC Director General, Joseph Muchechetere gave a presentation on the state of corporate governance in the sports and recreation sector where he said only 18 national associations were fully compliant.

SRC Board Chairman, Commissioner Edward Siwela presented on the role of national sport associations, executive committees and local authorities in turning around the sport and recreation industry.

Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) Director – Development, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee President and the Herald Editor, Tommy Sithole  spoke on the global perspective on good corporate governance while ZOC Vice President, Thabani Gonye spoke on Zimbabwe’s position on the road map to Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics.

Zimbabwe Aquatic Union President, Mrs Mary Kloppers spoke on a model of good corporate governance in line with the SRC Act and Statutory Instrument 342.

It is hoped that all the national sport associations, colleges and universities, sports clubs, schools, uniformed services, church based sport organisations and other sport delivery agents, which attended the conference learnt a lot and would transfer the knowledge gained to their peers and thus transform the way sport business is done.

Sport is no longer a pass time activity, rather it is now a critical driver of the economy in other countries and Zimbabwe cannot afford to lag behind.