Tertiary institutions have been challenged to desist from taking sport as a part time.

In his address during a public lecture organised by the Lupane State University’s (LSU) alumni, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane noted that accepting sport and recreation was crucial in the development of wholesome citizens as a way of decolonising the masses.

Sport has become a leading avenue for the attainment of scholarships to overseas universities for students.

A drive towards ensuring all get access to various sport codes through the community sports programme has been gaining steam over the last couple of months culminating with the increase in the number of sport codes participating at the rebranded Zimbabwe National Youth Games.

The lecture that ran under the theme, “University’s Role on Paving the Path for National Development through Sport and Recreation” also saw educational institutions being urged to focus on indigenising the sport and recreation sector with the same effort that has been put towards liberation of the land, industry, commerce and mining sector.