IFP calls for more sport in schools

2008-01-29 00:00

“Take responsibility for the dismal state of youth sports development in South Africa.”

This was the call made yesterday by Inkatha Freedom Party sports and recreation spokesman Bonginkosi Dhlamini, following Bafana Bafana`’s crushing 3-1 loss to Tunisia in the African Cup of Nations at the weekend.

In a statement, Dhlamini called on the government to start acknowledging that they are not doing enough to promote and develop sport at school level.

“Bafana Bafana is a national asset and the IFP believes that the Education and Sport and Recreation Departments should take responsibility for the dismal state of youth sports development in this country,” Dhlamini said.

“Sports development is not a priority at school level anymore and we believe that the Education Department should reinstate school sport as part of the curriculum, as it was previously done.”

Dhlamini said sport at school is currently only for the elite.

“We believe quality sport training should be available to all children if they choose to participate.

“Furthermore, we want to call upon educators who are sports fans to take the time to nurture and develop sport talent at schools.

“We also believe that the Sport and Recreation Department should make sure that provincial sports academies are not just one desk, one office and one person institutions, but are proper, functioning institutions dedicated to sports development in all provinces.

“Lastly, the IFP would like to call on government to increase funding for school sports in South Africa. Currently we only allocate approximately 41 cents per child for school sports, which is a national disgrace,” Dhlamini said.

“If we want our national sport teams to do well in future, we must start now by developing school talent into the next Lucas Radebe and Benni McCarthy.”

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