Key stakeholders in the sports fraternity have criticised local authorities for their continued reluctance to ensure sports and recreational facilities are used for their primary purposes.
Despite calls by stakeholders in the sporting fraternity for facilities to be utilised for their relevant purposes, local authorities continue to turn a blind eye.
Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo says he has already written to all local authorities directing them to reclaim all sports and recreational facilities that are not being used for their intended purpose.
The City Sports Centre, once a world class facility which used to host big games such as the Davis Cup has been transformed into a church centre.
Despite being built to hold a crowd of about 12 000 people, the City Sports Centre has been strained to accommodate close to 25 000 people that gather for sermons.
The Chitungwiza Acquatic Complex is another facility that has been run down and reduced to a white elephant that is clamouring for attention.
Musical shows are now being held there.
At community level, sports and recreational facilities continue to dwindle with football pitches converted into residential stands and maize fields.
Other sports facilities have become flea markets.