‘Govt strives for equity between male & female sport’

By Lawrence Trusida

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government is committed to ensuring parity between male and female sport.

He was speaking at Harare Sports Club where he officially opened the International Cricket Council Women’s World Cup qualifiers which kicked off this Sunday.

Nine countries, the United States of America, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and hosts Zimbabwe are vying for the three remaining slots at the International Cricket Council (ICC) women’s World Cup slated for New Zealand next year.

While officially welcoming all the teams to Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa emphasised the Second Republic’s thrust on sports.

“There hasn’t been enough support for women’s sport, under my leadership we are committed to raising the bar and making them at par with their males. The professionalisation of women’s sports and the closure of the gender gap on money gained is what we aim for and
equal pay for work of equal value,” said President Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe Cricket is satisfied that cricket is playing its part in the country’s re-engagement drive.

” It is not every day that you have more than 200 international cricketers at one point, we should take the opportunity to not only market Zimbabwe but also use it to mend diplomatic relations, we had English County sides in Zimbabwe and we also went to Ireland and Scotland recently showing the pier of sport.”

The International Cricket Council is equally confident of Zimbabwe capability of hosting such a big tournament.

“The past few weeks in Zimbabwe have shown us how good the teams hosting capacity is like, we got help when we needed it and it’s no wonder it’s been chosen to host the 2027 world cup,” said Sally Higgins, International Cricket Council Events Manager.

The qualifiers which will run until the fifth of next month, are being played at four different venues in Harare, namely Harare Sports Club, Old Harteams, Takashinga and Sunrises Cricket clubs.

This is the first time Zimbabwe is hosting the women’s global qualifiers after hosting the African qualifiers in 2019.

The country is also poised to co-host the men’s fifty over the world cup with South Africa and Namibia in 2027.

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