athletes.jpgThe Zimbabwe Olympic Committee says plans are in the pipeline to spread the 13-15 athletics explosion programme to other provinces of the country and has emphasized the need for national sport associations to put in place deliberate development programmes that focus on training and development.

With the 13-15 athletics explosion programme growing in leaps and bounds following its inception last year, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is embarking on a drive to spread the programme to various provinces of the country.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inter-district competition held at Prince Edward School on Saturday, ZOC Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya said they will be running similar camps in the major cities of Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare next year before embarking on a similar crusade in other provinces in a bid to tap the young talent that lies in abundance across the country.

Mutoya said: “We need to have a way of siphoning the talent across the country and bring it to the fore and the best way we can do so is to spread the programme to all parts of the country which will enable us to reach out to all the children that we have.”

Mutoya also reiterated the need for national sport associations to put in place development programmes that involve sport science and proper talent identification such as the 13-15 athletics explosion programme.

“We do not want associations to focus on events and activities but on training and development.

“They must develop the technique of young sports persons and then develop that technique to become a skill. As ZOC we want to make sure that every province has a sustainable programme such as the 13-15.”

Junior development plays a critical role in producing the sports stars of tomorrow and the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is moving in the right direction  through its 13-15 athletics programme which is set to benefit well over 11 000 young athletes between the ages of 13 and 15.