THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and sports associations have welcomed the move by President Robert Mugabe to create a Sport, Arts and Culture ministry, separate from that of education.
In the past, the departments were incorporated in one Education, Sport, Arts and Culture ministry.
The sport, arts and culture sections have always been crying foul that they were not afforded the same priority that was given to education.
Mugabe appears to have responded to the pleas and on Wednesday announced a Sport, Arts and Culture ministry with Insiza North Member of Parliament, Andrew Langa, as minister.
SRC director of Sports and Recreation Development, Joseph Muchechetere, welcomed the development.
“His Excellence has responded to the needs of the people. This has been done strategically in an attempt to profile sports, arts and culture to be given the priority it deserve,” Muchechetere said.
“Sports is a powerful tool to achieve political, economic and social development worldwide and the President has realised that. He has put sport in another gear and like what we have seen in other countries like South Africa after they hosted the World Cup, we are likely to see the power of sports also contributing to the development of our economy here,” he added.