By Sports Reporter
WE can use sports to fight early marriages by encouraging and supporting girl child participation in different sporting disciplines, says Zambian tennis ace Edgar Kazembe.
Speaking in an interview at Lusaka’s Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) where he coaches the under-12 players, Kazembe noted that girls had the potential to win more medals for Zambia.
“We have preached on tools that can be used to end child marriage, but sports are usually a silent solution. Our girls have the talent and if nurtured well, they can become independent women and bring honour to this country,” he said.
He said raising sports participation among girls involved the whole community and not just government but current and past sport personalities too.
“I believe the successful sports men and women can inspire these girls and nurture their talent into potential medal winners,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kazembe expressed happiness with the level of commitment among the young players.
He said the boys and girls had shown a positive character in the past tournament,
“These kids have the talent and I am happy to work with them .They have shown dedication and discipline in training,” he said.
He said he was happy that some players had gone as far as clinching slots in the national team and performed well.
“The players just need some polishing up to reach the international standards. I hope before I retire, we can produce two or three among these kids that can win medals for the country. My wish is to have a Zambian player compete in Wimbledon,” he said.
Kazembe urged the young players not only to focus on tennis but education too.
He said a player can have the talent, but education can help one plan well for life after the sporting career.