netball in zim.jpgA call has been made to afford women equal opportunities to take part in sport like their male counterparts as it enhances their health and fitness.

This came out during a netball tournament organised for the female residents of the constituency at White City Stadium in Bulawayo where seven teams took part.

After having hosted a men’s football tournament in the constituency a couple of months back, Zanu PF’s parliamentary candidate for the area, Joseph Tshuma, said time had come to take away all the stereotypes that hinder women from participating in sport.

He said the tournament was meant to afford the participants an opportunity to showcase their talents while keeping healthy.

“A healthy body oozes a healthy mind. So once these people play sports like these, running and exercising, they are going to have healthy bodies. This will help them make sound decisions at home. They take care of our children. They take care of us so we also need them to be in that state of mind which is conducive for living peacefully and together as a society and as a community. So definitely these sports that they are doing here are going to help them to stay physically fit as well. So definitely this is the way to go,” he said.

The participating teams that included Mthala, Cry Mantengwane, ZRP, Busters, Ghetto Queens, Iminyela and Leopards each received a playing kit and a ball.

Women have been seen to suffer stigmatisation in participating in sport especially when they get married or have children, with a number of them being forced to stop playing.