The Sunday Mail
Minister of Sport, Youth, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry is eager to meet up with the Zimbabwe Netball Association President Leticia Chipandu and put an end to the divisions that currently characterize the sporting discipline.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Annual National Sports Awards in Harare last Friday, Minister Coventry warned of the dangers of a divided house on the country’s quest to make an impact at the Netball World Cup finals slated for Liverpool, England from July 12-21.
The Minister also pledged to assist in any way she can.
“I am fully aware of the challenges in the netball fraternity,” said Coventry.
The rift emanated from the formation of Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL) back in 2017, a move which incurred the ire of Zimbabwe Netball Association (Zina) that questioned the rationale behind two parallel leagues running within the same sport.
This left the netball family divided with 11 teams; including the then title holders Correctional Queens abandoning the super league.
Prior to this RANL sort to affiliate itself to Zina, but faced opposition due to the motherbody running the Super League.
Now, the impasse, between the two entities, has since reached the offices of the minister.
“I am up-to-date with what is happening. However, we will sit down with the Zina president in the coming weeks after which I hope to find an amicable solution.