2 December 2012

Tanzania: New Policy Will Transform Sports - Ministry

THE reviewed national sports policy is set to transform sports as a dynamic and fast-growing sector in the country, which can contribute to the objectives of economic growth and job creation.

Presenting a paper on Games and Sports Development Policy during a two-day meeting with Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) meeting, the Deputy Director of Sports in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Juliana Yassoda, said the draft will soon be released to stakeholders to share their views.

Yassoda said there is a need to review the country's sports policy because the current document does not cater for cross cutting issues coupled with the advancement of technology thus the new policy will point the alternative way forward to develop sports at all levels.

She outlined areas of interest as availability of sports infrastructures, investment in the sector, expertise training, special sports development programmes and sustainability of community involvement in sports. Yassoda said the policy will also cater for the need of professionalism, research and availability of data and information on the sector and registration of sports associations.

"These are the key areas that will be looked upon in the reviewed policy, which we believe can help deal with the challenges that have been facing the sector for many years now," said Yassoda. She said the policy will enable the government and the society at large to be fully involved and organize, coordinate sports activities.

The society will also be responsible to preserve areas that have been reserved for sports activities at all levels. However, she said, it needs concerted efforts from all stakeholders to make the pocicy effective and work by overseeing its implementation.

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