By Lawrence Trusida
THE country’s sport and recreation facilities are set to get a face lift after government allocated more funds for infrastructure development in the national budget.
Government says investment in sport and recreation facilities is key in harnessing the country’s abundant talent.
Delivering the 2022 national budget, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, allocated seven point eight billion Zimbabwean dollars to the Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Ministry, a major increase from three point four billion the ministry received last year.
He noted that investing in sport and recreation infrastructure would enable the country to get the best athletes.
“Investment in sports and recreation facilities allows the country to harness individual potential and participation in local, regional and international sport competitions that increase citizen’s income and well-being.
“Government will, therefore, provide resources to support recreational activities including sports and arts, as part of supporting livelihoods, especially for the youths,” said the minister.
High on the agenda for the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation will be the refurbishment of the National Sports Stadium that has stalled since last year.
The facility still needs bucket seats, electronic access points, CCTV, among other areas of concern for it to meet international standards and be allowed once again to host international matches.
Meanwhile, there are set to be more venues for premier soccer league teams in Harare with the City Council confirming on their twitter page that they are working on Rufaro stadium which seems to have been abandoned leaving top flight league clubs based in the capital with only one venue.