NATIONAL Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has warned affiliates against committing themselves to host international tournaments without seeking clearance from the council.
Speaking at the NSCZ annual general meeting in Lusaka on Saturday, council chairperson Mwamba Kalenga said they were dismayed by some members’ attitude of committing to host international engagements when they had no capacity to do so.
“The council has noted with concern that some associations are committing themselves to host international tournaments when they know that they have no capacity to do so.
When they are at a crossroads, they rush to us or indeed to the ministry to ask for funds. From now on associations wishing to host international events should seek clearance from the council before committing the entire nation,” he said.
He also warned associations against sneaking in foreign sportsmen and women without the NSCZ”s knowledge.
Kalenga also warned the delegates that the council will not be held liable to clear those associations that will not follow laid down procedure when importing sports equipment following tax exemption.
“In as much as Government has continued to assist all our affiliates to import sports equipment duty-free through the duty funding facility Government has given to NSCZ, it is saddening that associations do not want to follow the laid down procedure. Any association that shall not follow the laid down procedure will not have the equipment cleared through duty free-funding. From the beginning of this year, duty exemption in excess of K900, 000 have gone towards this facility,” he said.
Meanwhile, associations through Scrabble Association of Zambia president Sydney Kalema, appealed to the council to help them adequately prepare sportsmen and women for international tournaments.
“In as much as we identify talent, but preparation is vital in seeing this country reap medals.
Athletes fail to perform because they are always subjected to last-minute preparations. Some sports disciplines lack equipment. Investing in preparation yields results,” said.