President Samia asks ministry to form sports academies

17Jun 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
President Samia asks ministry to form sports academies

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has directed the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts, and Sports, Innocent Bashungwa, to initiate the establishment of sports academies in the country for up-and-coming athletes.

The President made the directive in Mwanza on Tuesday when she was addressing youths.

Samia said her government is committed to seeing that the country has many athletes who can compete at both local and international events.

She said the government appreciates arts and sports as a source of income hence the investment which her government is doing in the sector.

Samia also informed the youths that her government has a special fund to cater for national teams to compete at international events.

She disclosed: "We are committed to developing arts and sports in the country, we want our youths to earn a living through the sector.''

She noted: ''In the recent budget we proposed for incentives like duty waiver on artificial turf, nearly all stadia in the country are owned by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and are in bad shape, we hope with the duty waiver the stadia will improve.''

''We will also renovate the Bagamoyo College of Arts (TaSuBa) and the minister is here, you should think of starting academies, they should be in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and here,'' she said.

The President also mentioned the ongoing primary school games (Umitashumta) in Mtwara, saying they help in identifying young talents.

Academies offer athletes specialized training over a long period, while also taking care of their educational, psychological, and nutrition needs.

The coming of the government-owned academies will greatly help sports development as, apart from Azam FC academy, many other local academies are not in the standard.

The centers do not have all the requirements like qualified teaching staff, equipment, and other essentials.

Academies help in producing great players for elite league teams. Others go to play for the national football team.

They are attributed to immensely contributing to the development of sports in any country as it is believed that sports success at the top level does not come on a silver platter as there is a need for serious investment at the grassroots level.

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