Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development Alphonso Banda, says government is cognizant of the challenges the ministry has been facing in the development of athletes that can compete favorably at major competitions, including the Olympic Games.
Speaking during the official opening of the two day Podium Performance Programme, planning and review workshop held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre yesterday Banda said for the Ministry to achieve a well-established high performance programme, there was need to take into account pillars of international sporting success such as facilities and equipment, financial resources, capacity development for coaches and sport administrators and provision of well-planned training, involvement at national and international competitions.
Banda urged participants to take keen interest to discuss issues that will effectively develop athletes and plan to the last detail in order to produce a long term plan that contributes to the success of the programme.
And speaking earlier, Director of Sport in the Ministry Bessie Chelemu, expressed happiness that various stakeholders from the sports fraternity turned out in numbers to attend the workshop.
She urged participants to work together towards a single goal of developing top class athletes that can compete with world’s best athletes and possibly win medals.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA), Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF), Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU), and Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) were among the sport organisations that attended the workshop.