Women and girls have been urged to be sports ambassadors in their communities to encourage people to take sport seriously.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Apolonia Munzverengwi who was the guest speaker at the Women and Girls in Sport Festival in Mutoko, challenged women and girls to be sports ambassadors so that communities understand and appreciate the role of sport in society.

“I am challenging you to be ambassadors of sport in your communities. People tend to listen to women so whatever you preach about sport will be listened to,” she said.

Director in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Eugenia Chidakwa said it’s time women and girls take sport seriously.

“I am urging all women and girls to take sport seriously as it has become a source of employment,” Chidakwa said.

The sports festival was held under the theme: “Balance for Better, Building Confidence in Women and Girls through Sport and Recreation”.