President officially opens National Youth and Paralympic games in Gweru

President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week officially opened the 2019 national youth and paralympic games at Mkoba stadium in Gweru.

The opening of the sixteenth edition of the games was attended by youth, sport, art and recreation minister Kirsty Coventry, her deputy, minister of state for Midlands province senator Larry Mavima, city of Gweru mayor councillor Josiah Makombe and participants among other stakeholders.

Speaking at the event, president Mnangagwa said his government’s vision is to transform Zimbabwe into a sporting powerhouse by 2030, and this can only be achieved by the inclusion of vulnerable groups as far as planning and implementation is concerned.

President Mnangagwa urged tertiary institutions to make deliberate efforts to train people living with disabilities as coaches and technicians of various sporting disciplines to ensure that their constituency is not left out.

In addition, the president said with the right guidance, sport had the potential to become a significant economic driver in Zimbabwe.