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ZOC holds ‘women in sport’ seminar

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The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) will hold a seminar targeted at women involved in sports, dubbed the ‘Women in Sport seminar’ next month.

The seminar, which will take place in the capital from May 4-6, will aim to equip women in leadership positions on the local sports scene on management and governance issues.

Kathy Lobb, who is the chairperson of the Women and Sport Commission on the ZOC board, said preparations for the seminar were now at an advanced stage.

“The seminar, which will take place next month, will be attended by women in leadership position from all 30 affiliates of ZOC. We also expect representatives from the Sports and Recreation Commission, Ministry of Education Sport Arts and Culture and the Women Affairs minister,” said Lobb.

Lobb, who was recently appointed the deputy Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Olympic Games, said the seminar was meant to inform and encourage participation of women in the sports sector in the country.

“As the Women and Sport Commission, our aim is to assist and improve women in leadership roles. The seminar will give local women the opportunity to share ideas and to be equipped in areas to do with management, administrative skills, strategic planning, marketing and sponsorship.”

The seminar will also cover among other issues, governance of sports organisations, the sports structure in Zimbabwe, conflict management and Olympism.

The Women in Sport seminar comes after the country hosted the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa/International Olympic Committee Senior Women Sports Forum in the capital in January.

The forum saw Zimbabwe hosting 34 English and French speaking delegates from the IOC and ANOCA and countries such as Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Namibia, Djibouti, Togo, Ghana, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda and Malawi
President of Anoca, Lassana Palenfo, a high-profile former president of Cote d’Ivoire Olympic Committee, was the guest of honour at the forum.

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