GOVERNMENT has warned sports administrators against squabbles and misappropriation of funds, saying it will no longer tolerate malpractices in the administration of sport.
Sports Permanent Secretary, Agnes Musunga was speaking when she officiated at the joint workshop conducted by the Sports Council of Zambia and the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical, Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) at Cresta Golf View in Lusaka yesterday.
She said good leadership that was positive and accountable could protect and safeguard the lives of athletes especially children and women who were among the vulnerable groups.
Musunga said from the time she joined the Ministry of Sport and Youth, hardly a day passed without receiving a letter from one association complaining on the poor sports governance.
She said the workshop dubbed: "Upholding the Integrity of Sport", came at a right time and that the vision of her ministry was that the country should move in the direction of being recognised as a good sporting example at regional and international level.
"My ministry will no longer tolerate bad practices in the administration of sport and it is for this reason that I am happy to be here today in order to emphasise this important point," Musunga said.
Speaking earlier SCZ board chairperson, Chifumu Banda said the council's mandate was to oversee and promote the governance of sport in the country adding that the issue of governance was critical and as a sports community, it refused to remain behind, but sought to uphold the integrity of sport in Zambia.
And NOWSPAR director Matilda Mwaba said keeping governance on the agenda and action priorities would require the close collaboration of various stakeholders, both state and non-state actors in and outside sport.
Associations that were represented at the workshop include Netball Association of Zambia, Zambia Judo Association, Zambia Squash Association, Zambia Pool Union, Darts Association of Zambia, Tug of War, Body Building and Scrabble, among others.