The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) has unveiled a strategic plan for 2017 and 2020 aimed at developing  professionalism  within the athletics fraternity.

The strategic plan will result in NAAZ identifying challenges affecting the sport, with the president of the association, Tendai Tagara saying it will also focus on enhancing the quality of athletics across the country.

“We are confident it will go a long way in boosting the growth of the sport,” said Tagara.

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee deputy president, Tabhani Gonye said stakeholder commitment for the plan is important.

“We just need the commitment by the stakeholders for success to be achieved,” Gonye said.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane has called on stakeholders to focus on implementation of the plan.

He said; “We just need its implementation to facilitate growth in the future”.

The plan seeks to identify strategic partners, mobilise adequate funding, identify talent at grassroot levels, source medical support, design coaching and technical programmes, broaden the sport to new segments of the society among other factors.