The MDC congratulates Charles Manyuchi for winning the WBC Welterweight Silver Champion. Charles Manyuchi’s victory comes at the backdrop of a debilitating economic decline thus defying all odds to give the people of Zimbabwe a ray of hope and something to smile about in spite of the ravaging economic downturn instigated by Zanu PF misrule.
It is encouraging that despite lack of government support the Zimbabwean Champion went on to post a convincing victory to land the prestigious world boxing championship belt. That the Zanu PF government failed to support the Boxing champion is not only and indictment of sport in Zimbabwe but demonstrates the total failure by the regime to provide the necessary environment for sport development in the country. To honestly have our sports person surrogated by neighbouring Zambia owing to lack of appropriate support infrastructure locally is quite shameful and disgusting to say the least.
The MDC government recognises that the encouragement of sport will stimulate national capacity for thought and for work. As such the utilisation of skills as manifest in Charles Manyuchi is necessary and vital for a growing and complex society like Zimbabwe.
It is also in keeping with the new constitution which recognizes that sport is a basic right and as such the MDC policy on sport effectively removes all barriers and offers the necessary infrastructure to support sport development in Zimbabwe and accord every citizen opportunity to take part in sporting activities of their choice.
The policy which among other things provides an effective structure for the management of sport will certainly strengthen the various national sport associations. The MDC believes in the strong involvement of private sector in the funding of sport and as such will offer attractive rebates for those in the private sector involved in sport funding.Cliford Hlatyawo – MDC Secretary for Sport and Culture Add a comment