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Non-compliant National sport Associations face closure

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The Sports and Recreation Commission board chairman, Commissioner Edward Siwela said the sports regulator will de-register all National Sport Associations which would not have submitted their SRC compliance plans by the deadline of November 30 2017. 

By Tongai Mwenje 

Addressing National Sport Associations representatives and members of the media in the capital on Saturday, Siwela said it is disheartening to note that out of the 57 registered NSAs only 11 were fully compliant, 29 partially compliant while 17 are totally non-compliant.

He warned the non-compliant against facing closure if they fail to submit their compliance strategies.

“This is unacceptable and as the SRC we are going to be instituting hearing for the 17 completely non compliant National Sport Associations with a view to de-register them, while the 29 partially compliant National Sport Associations are given a deadline of the end of November to submit the remaining documents,” Siwela warned the non-complaint NSAs.

According to the Sports and Recreation Commission Act, NSAs should seek the services of a registered Public Accountant for periodic financial audits, but to Siwela’s surprise some Sport Associations have not adhered to that effect.

“We have said before that National Sport Associations need to get a registered Public Accountant to audit their books but it seems some have chosen not to adhere to this call and we are going to institute hearing in terms of the law and possible measures will be taken,”  he added.

He also noted that of the 29 partly compliant National Sport Associations, 26 had not submitted their Audited Financial Statements.

“Financial Statements are a key measure of the Board’s leadership role of the National Sport Associations. We are also worried that most Associations have not submitted their membership status. Membership is one of the revenue streams for an Association and as such you are denying yourselves revenue”, he said.

The partially complaint National Sport Associations were advised to consult with the Management of the SRC so that they could be assisted to resolve the outstanding issues.

He, however, applauded those which were 100% compliant with the statutes.

Meanwhile, the meeting was advised that Mr Muchadei Masunda is still working on the MoU for the settings up of the Arbitration Centre of Sport related disputes.

Once the draft was concluded it was to be shared with the SRC and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation further to which the National Sport Associations would input to it before it is signed into a legal document.

National Sport Associations were also advised to submit their budgets for the year 2018 for incorporation into the overall SRC budget which will be submitted to Treasury.

The meeting also raised the issue that most National Sport Associations were in the habit of not submitting their bids for budgets in time only to react for funding in the middle of the year.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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