The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is now at an advanced stage in the crafting of a national fitness and wellness policy that will further enhance mainstream sport and recreation.

Addressing stakeholders who gathered at Sakubva Stadium for the 2017 edition of the Mutare City Sports Festival, which featured over 40 teams in different sport codes, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said through the establishment of the national fitness and wellness policy and the community sport and recreation club system, the ministry intends to lay a firm foundation for development of sport and recreation at grassroots structures.

Minister Hlongwane commended the City of Mutare for taking the lead in aligning its public service mandate with the dictates set out in the sports policy.

“Through the community sport and recreation club system, we are aiming at establishing organised sport in all communities and massively convert previously marginalised talent into mainstream sport and recreation,” Minister Hlongwane said.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene hailed the festival as important in the wellness of employees with the city’s Town Clerk pledging more resource allocation towards sport.

The event was used to select teams that will represent the eastern border city in the inter-city sports festival scheduled for Bindura next month.

Seven sport codes namely: soccer, darts, chess, pool, volleyball, netball and tag of war were on display.