The national sports council will commence various sport talent identification and capacity development programmes across Zambia for 2011 the all Africa games.
ZANIS sports reports that a steering committee on talent identification has been established and is chaired by the chairman of the national sports council Matilda Mwaba.
The committee is under the endorsement of the ministry of sport, youth and child development aimed at spearheading the planning process.
And Mwaba said the committee has established the financial and material needs for implementation of the talent identification programme for the 2011 games.
Mwaba noted that the committee has recommended the platforms at which associations will be present to identify athletes with the talent they are seeking which include ball games, rugby, contact sports and athletics among others.
She pointed out that standard forms for recording of vital information on athletes selected has been developed and a data base is being established to store all the information on athletes that will be flowing in form the various disciplines.
Mwaba said the first events at which talent identification coordinated by her committee will take place will be on the 21st to the 25th of June 2008 in Chongwe, Lusaka and Chingola districts.
She said the talent identification and capacity development programmes will be beneficial to many Zambians beyond the 2011 all Africa games.
The ministry of youth, sport and child development has contributed a total of 1.4 billion kwacha to help with the talent identification exercise.