Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
The Sports and Recreation Commission is currently in the process of restructuring and seeking to repeal the current SRC Act.
SRC was formed as a temporary entity to oversee the running of sport but the current secretariat led by Chairman Gerald Mlotshwa on Monday confirmed that there are changes taking place.
Some of the changes include making it a permanent entity.
The revelations were made during an engagement with the media in Harare on Monday.
The board took time to concertise the media on issues taking place, including clarifying on the impasse between the commission and ZIFA.
Members of the SRC board that were present include Karen Mutasa, Titus Zvomuya, Allen Chiura, Nigel Munyati, Colleen de Jong and Sabastian Garikai, who is the acting Director General.
Responding to some of the questions Mlotshwa said:
“Whereas under the present SRC Act it is the minister that appoints the board members, going forward some of the proposal from this board is that we want the National Sports Associations to have a say with respect to who should be a member of the SRC board.
“The minister should appoint a certain number and the national sports associations should also have to appoint a certain number to bring balance and accountability and inclusiveness as well.
“So that when we act and we are suspending it should not be looked at as strictly government or third part interference.
“But at least it’s inclusive and hopefully we move away from this shield that is always used.”
Some of the issues that were also tackled during the engagement include the ZIFA impasse, compliance of national sports associations, age cheating and the sports policy.
The SRC suspended director-general, Prince Mupazviriho, and ZIFA chief executive Joseph Mamutse pending investigations into how a number of national football teams were cleared for foreign assignments, under questionable circumstances, in this Covid-19 environment.
“When we act like we did in suspending officials the reasons for that will be clearly stated. We can’t sit back and watch as things get worse. We must not do things or do things because we are afraid of being suspended.”
Mlotshwa also challenged the media to hold all the sports associations accountable.
“Compliance goes beyond national associations there are issues everywhere in our national associations so the media must not just expose but also hold them accountable.”