The Sports and Recreation Commission has expressed its condolences after learning of the passing on of former chairman Alywan Pichanick, it has emerged.
By SportBrief Reporter
The SRC have announced the passing on Former Chairman of the Sports and Recreational Commission (SRC) Alywan Pichanick, offering its heartfelt condolences through a statement released by the board’s Acting Director General Muchechetere.
Pichanic was the first ever chairman of the SRC after the organisation’s inception in 1991 upon recommendations by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Organization and Administration of Sport in Zimbabwe also known as the Tommy Sithole Report of 1989.
“The Sports and Recreational Commission received the news of the passing on of Mr Alywn Pichanick with sadness and sorrow,” said Muchechetere.
“Alwyn was a distinguished lawyer and a Sport Administrator who served as the President of Zimbabwe Cricket for many years before his elevation to lead the country’s Supreme Sports controlling body. He shall be remembered for having managed to put in place the structure of the Sports and Recreation Commission Secretariat which is still subsisting to date.”
The former SRC chairman oversaw a host of positive developments in the local sporting fraternity which included the cooperation agreement between the SRC and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF), and also the hosting of the All Africa Games in 1995 among other numerous achievements.
“He (Pichanick) was also instrumental in ensuring that the governance of Sport was streamlined in order to ensure that National Sport Associations operated in a manner that would attract investment to their sport codes. Mr Pichanick also contributed significantly to the registration of National Sport Associations which is a legal requirement under the SRC Act,” the acting general added.
“As we join the Pichanick family in mourning the sad loss of this giant, we shall forever be grateful for his selfless dedication to national duty as a Lawyer and an astute Sport Administrator. His contribution to Sport was unparalleled and invaluable.”
While this development will no doubt be a loss for the nation, the pioneering SRC chairman will certainly have a place in the history of sport development in the country.