President Edgar Lungu says government is committed to improving the outlook of sporting facilities through infrastructure rehabilitation , countrywide.
ZANIS reports that the President said this when he officially closed the 2016 Zambia Open Golf Tournament which was held at Nchanga Golf Club, in Chingola District on the Copperbelt province.
“My government remains committed to enhancing sports facilities through infrastructure building for all sports including golf,” he said.
The President further said his administration will look into the issue of golf coast encroachment as raised by the Zambia Golf union.
“I have taken note of the concerns raised by the Zambia Golf Union president of encroachments in golf coasts and let me promise that government will look into that issue,” he said.
The President furthermore said the sport of golf had the ability to raise the profile of the country hence the need for more partnerships from the private sector.
Youth and Sport s Minister Vincent Mwale and ZGU president Jason Kazilimani (Jr), where the notable senior government , party and corporate chiefs that attended the event.
And Mwale has noted that the sporting fraternity was happy that President Lungu was not biased in supporting one sport but that he embraced all sporting activities.
“The sports fraternity is happy that President Lungu is not biased with supporting just soccer but has embraced all other sports as this is the second time in a role that he is gracing the Zambia Open Golf Tournament,” he said
And ZGU President Kazilimani (Jr) announced that the 2017 Zambia Open Golf Tournament has will be hosted by Nchanga golf club.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to announce that the bid to host the 2017 Zambia Open Golf tournament has been won by Nchanga Golf Club,” he said.
He further revealed that the Union will soon embark on revamping junior golf in schools countrywide.
Kazilimani explained that the Union wanted to dispel the belief by most people that golf was a sport for the rich.
“We will soon start revamping junior golf in all schools both in urban and rural areas, we want to kill the myth that golf is a sport for rich people because talent is available anywhere whether poor or rich,” he said.