People with disability say more sporting facilities and funding must be availed in order for them to participate in various sporting disciplines.
Wheelchair basketball teams from all over the country recently converged in Chikanga for a tournament which many of the players felt highlighted the need for more facilities to cater for people with disability.
Apart from difficulties in finding appropriate venues, funding is also a major challenge.
“Deliberate efforts have to be made for facilities that cater for our needs. We were hoping that the facilities for the competitions would be available but we had to do a lot of running around to secure a venue. Sport is one of the vehicles that gives us hope,” said one of the teams’ representatives.
Zanu PF candidate for Mutare Central Cde Nancy Saungweme also highlighted the need for more efforts to assure people living with disability access sporting facilities.
“We have had individuals like Elliot Mujaji who have made a name for themselves as an athlete. We need to give everyone a chance to shine and this can only be done when facilities are there,” Cde Saungweme said.
Despite the introduction of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games, there has not much been done to ensure that sporting facilities are made available for people with disabilities.