Government has observed that the rapid dilapidation in sports facilities has greatly contributed to juvenile delinquency in the country.
Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Stephen Bwalya, said lack of investment in sports infrastructure development and lack of recreation facilities in the country has deprived many youths of the chance to explore their talents.
Mr. Bwalya said this when he officiated at an Inter-denomination youth tournament held at Matero Boys Secondary School in Lusaka yesterday..
He said sports development should be encouraged because it acts as a catalyst for fostering peace and national development at all levels.
He added that government stands ready to partner with the private sector in the developing sport in the country.
Mr. Bwalya has since implored the church and civic leaders to incorporate sports in their extra curricular activities in their church activities for the young people.
And Victory Ministry International Bible Church Youth coordinator, Alex Katongo, said the objective of the tournament wais to evangelize to the youths through sport.
Mr. Katongo said the church will continue to organize such tournaments, which act as a platform for disseminating information to the youths on behavioural change.
Earlier Lusaka Province Sports coordinator Doris Mulenga said such tournaments keep the Youths away from vices.