The African Union Sport Council Region 5 has challenged sport administrators to develop a home grown sports curricular if the continent is to significantly increase the amount of medals won at world stage.
AU Region 5 Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya said as long as Africa is still using European and Asian models to train its athletes without carrying out local research and development, the continent will never beat the best.
“The curricular for our coach development has got to look at our athletes’ environment, conditions, prototypes, morphology and every other element that pertains to the performance of an athlete then we proudly produce our athletes.
“Colleagues if we must fail to win medals at the Olympics because of our curriculum so be it, but we will not be proud of winning gold metals using a borrowed strategy. That is the thrust ….therefore we are happy to join you on this journey as an institution” said Stanley Mutoya.
The National Sports Academy promised to ensure work being carried out there will transform the face of sport in Zimbabwe while government plans to establish a regional sports museum housed at the academy.
“It’s a very ambitious programme and we are delighted to share this with you, this programme is developing from strength to strength,” said National Sports Academy Board Chairperson Anna Mguni.
“We have put in a bid to host the regional museum here, there should be a direct link between the academy and the museum,” added Eugenia Chidhakwa, Director for Sport Promotion and Development in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation.
The African Union Region 5 will fund four local athletes to attend a continental training camp this March under the PPPs programme.
The National Sports Academy was established after the country’ sports performance on the international scene reduced significantly.
The academy is now training 70 athletes from around the country and has produced medallists at the regional and global stage.
A ground breaking ceremony was done by President Mnangagwa last year at the site where world class facilities will be established on 200 hectares of land.