PRESIDENT Lungu has urged sports associations to formulate development programmes that will transform Zambia into Africa’s sports powerhouse.

Lungu said sound youth development programmes are important to the development of all sport disciplines.

“Establishing a sound junior golfers’ programme, promoting peri-urban golfers tournaments, establishment of an academy for the youth and enhancing skills training among coaches in golf can help in growing the sport.

“Once the above areas are addressed, I have no doubt that Zambia will have a pool of golfers that be among the top golfers in the region and the world at large. I look forward to a time when I would present the lucrative Zambia Open prize to a Zambian,” Lungu said.

He said sport is a unifying factor, which should be embraced in national governance to make the world a better and peaceful place for everyone.

Lungu was speaking yesterday during the closing ceremony of the 2015 Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open Golf Championship at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe.

“Government takes exceptional consideration in promoting sport as a way of life for its citizenry to improve their health and well-being. It is Government’s policy to encourage not only golf but all athletes to successfully participate in various competitions both within and beyond our borders,” he said.

He said sport does not only provide entertainment but also affords people a platform to interact and share various ideas and experiences.

He is concerned that none of the Zambian golfers has ever won the Zambia Open Golf Championship since its inception and called on local golfers to rise to the occasion and claim their fair share.

The President commended Mopani Copper Mines and Redpath Mining and other sponsors for their efforts in ensuring this year’s event was a success.

Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale commended the President for finding time to grace the closing ceremony.

Zambia Golf Union president Charles Mwanza said the union is indebted to all corporate entities that sponsored the event.

Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula, State House Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata, Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge and Africa Golf Confederation president Joe Malanji, among others, were in attendance.

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