Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ally Possi, issued the statement recently when he presided over the opening of this year's National Athletics Championships at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
He said sports are becoming a big industry the world over, hence the need for the country to emulate the trend.
“Elsewhere, sports are a big industry, generating a lot of money and creating many job opportunities, it is now time for us to come up with ways which will help in doing the same,” he said.
He said the government will make sure that it improves sports facilities and creates a conducive environment which will help in the development of sports.
Possi, however, asked sports associations to venture into commercialization strategy, as the approach will help the associations manage to create wealth without solely relying on government resources, saying they need to be strategic and aim at success.
“Sports are developed by companies and private institutions when they are run as a business. We cannot do that in our country now as there is no strategy that can take us there, we need to meet all stakeholders and map the way forward,” he said.
Possi also thanked Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) for funding the National Athletics Championships which attracted more than 200 athletes from 28 regions.
The regions competed at the two-day event and the top 10 regions are Coast Region who were the overall winners, followed by Arusha in the second spot.
Zanzibar's Kusini Unguja finished third, Mjini Magharibi, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Kilimanjaro were tied on the sixth position, Mbeya, Tanga, Mwanza and Unguja Kaskazini ended seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.
Also speaking at the closing of the championships, Temeke District Commissioner, Godwin Godwe, affirmed government's commitment to the development of sports in the country.
Gondwe, who had represented Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Aboubakar Kunenge, in the ceremony, said sports are a source of income to many households.
“We will make sure that sports are becoming a reliable source of income, we will come up with measures which will regulate the industry so that it can create jobs to our youths and contribute to the socio-economic development of our nation,'' he said.