The Victoria Falls Municipality says it has prioritised the development of a multi-purpose sports centre under its strategic plan and has intensified the search for partners in the project.

Mooted a few years ago, construction work at the multi-purpose stadium is still to take off, owing to resource challenges.

The renewed confidence in the destination has however given hope to the municipality that the ambitious project will finally be implemented with some investors currently showing interest.

Victoria Falls Town Clerk, Mr Ronnie Dube said the construction of the multi-purpose sports centre remains a major priority project for the municipality as the resort destination seeks to transform itself into a major sports tourism destination.

“We have under our strategic plan prioritised the construction of the multi-purpose stadium in line with the country’s goal to transform the resort town into a sport tourism destination,” he said.

The planned multi-purpose stadium is expected to house, a soccer pitch, a triathlon track, long and triple jump facilities.

Meanwhile, England’s highest capped and rugby World Cup winning former captain, Jason Leonard, who was recently in the resort town, has expressed confidence in the growth of the game of rugby in Zimbabwe.

“I am pleased with the talent in this country and potential to develop the sport. The country can emerge as one of the rugby powerhouses if attention is placed on developing the sport at grassroots level,” he said.

The resort town has over the past few years hosted some of the major sporting events such as the Sevens Rugby and the annual Victoria Falls Marathon.

Observers however say there is need to increase investment in relevant world-class sports facilities in order to promote sport tourism.