THE Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) and the World Wide Scholarships on Thursday signed a mutual beneficial memorandum of understanding for sports development.
The agreement is aimed at promoting Olympism and Olympic education among athletes and officials in an effort to develop Olympic disciplines in the country.
ZOC president Admire Masenda said the agreement would benefit both organisations and sports at large.
“We like to enter into such partnerships where both parties are winners,” he said. “We want to desist from the culture of begging for sponsorship.”
Under the agreement, sports talent identified by ZOC will be nurtured by the WWS under advanced training programmes. WWS also facilitates training-based scholarship at universities abroad.
Said Masenda: “There is great need to go around the country, even to remote places like Binga and Hwange to scout for talent. We mustn’t centralise our talent search to urban areas.”
WWS’s Zimbabwe chief executive Munyaradzi Maraire said such agreements must be followed through with action.
“Documents should be complemented by results,” he said. “This is just a piece of paper and the real work is to implement the words on the paper.”
WWS is slowly building a strong reputation in sports development in Zimbabwe. One of its well-known product is US-based long-jumper Ngoni Makusha who came just a centimetre shy of a long jump bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics Games. Â
“There is talent in this country,” said Maraire. “ World Wide Scholarships is ready for the challenge of developing that talent. We believe Zimbabwe can be a leading nation in sports in Africa.”
BY KUDZAYI TIGERE