26 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Controversial Directive Amended

THE Sports Commission has officially made amendments to the controversial directive on national selectors with indication that the panel should comprise mostly of former national team players in the respective discipline.

The amendments also state that the chairman or head of the selection committee or panel has to be a former player while the coaches or other persons that might sit on the panel should have vast experience in the discipline.

However, Zimbabwe Cricket are the only association that have officially written to the Sport Commission indicating that the directive was legally illegal and was constitutionally wrong.

In a circular sent to the sporting associations, Sports Commission director general Charles Nhemachena said: "Following informal representations made in response to the SRC directive communicated through the above circular, it has been found prudent and in the national interest to make amendments and clarifications as outlined below.

"Clause 2.1 of the initial directive specifies that all selectors should have represented Zimbabwe in the particular sport. This is now amended to read as follows: Not less than fifty percent (50%) of the selectors shall have represented Zimbabwe as athletes / players at the senior level in the particular sport discipline provided that all chairpersons / convenors shall be former national team players/athletes.

"Where a national sports association has a single selector, the incumbent must be a former national team player / athlete in that discipline. Non-former national team players / athletes on the selection panel shall have coaching experience or some technical expertise in the particular sport discipline.

"In the case of junior teams, a person should have represented Zimbabwe as a player / athlete at a level not lower than the one to which the selection pertains.

"This directive applies to those national sports associations whose selection of teams / athletes is done by selectors. It should be noted, however, that those associations whose national teams are selected by the respective coaches are expected to deliberately and proactively create development opportunities for former national team players/athletes to play leading roles in technical and administrative positions in the future.

"The effective date for implementation of the directive as amended remains as February 1 2013 and the clauses in the initial directive pertaining to submission of returns and amendment of statutes remain unchanged."the Sports Commission believes this is a positive step in developing sport in Zimbabwe.

"The SRC hopes that all national sports associations will appreciate that while this directive does not provide the panacea to the country's national team performance challenges, it is nevertheless a positive step that can significantly contribute towards ameliorating such challenges.

"We further encourage sports associations to engage the Sports Commission on any challenges they might encounter in implementing the Sports Commission's directives.

"It is pertinent to note, for example, that the issue of selectors was discussed at the last quarterly meeting with national sports associations on December 1 2012," read the amendments circular.

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