THE introduction of the first-ever Handball Top-8 league in Zambia by the Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) will immensely develop the sport in the country, says National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) board member Haroon Ghumra.
Ghumra said the launch last Saturday, at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), will enhance participation and performance among existing teams as more people will be exposed to the game.
Ghumra, who was guest of honour at the launch, observed that the establishment of a regular league would keep the players busy while they improved their performance.
“I would like to commend the Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) for launching the Handball Top-8 league for the first time in Zambia,
“ This will result in greater competition as the top teams will play on a more regular basis. This will in turn result in the up-liftment in the standards of the sport in Zambia,” Ghumra said.
He challenged the association to roll out the sport to all parts of the country especially schools so that people could familiarise themselves with the sport and increase participation.
“Handball, which is a high-speed game, is gaining popularity in Zambia and this is encouraging. The future of any sport lies in the youth so HAZ must introduce handball in schools, higher institutions of learning, and communities at large,” he said.
Ghumra also noted that the move by HAZ to conduct a workshop to train teachers was another positive step which would help the learners as the techniques imparted into the teachers would quickly be grasped by the scholars.
He has since called upon HAZ to ensure that players were adequately trained if they were to mint medals at the forth coming All-Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
“Handball is one of the sports disciplines that have been selected for the All-Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Congo Brazzaville in September this year.
I would like to urge HAZ to make sure that players are adequately trained so that the team can reap positive results at the AAG”.
“I am also asking the corporate world to come on board and help to sponsor the Top-8 league and assist in the development of handball in Zambia,” he said.
He thanked the association for taking up the initiative to improve the sport in Zambia.