The Department of Sports Science and Coaching at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) will be holding the second edition of the scientific sports conference in collaboration with the 2012 Zimbabwe National Youth Games local organising committee in Bindura on August 8.
The symposium will be held at The Kimberly Reef Hotel alongside the National Youth Games that run from August 6-9 in Bindura, Mashonaland Central.
Bhekuzulu Khumalo, the chairman of the committee organising the sports conference yesterday confirmed the conference which he said is aimed at enhancing sports performance in the country.
“The sports conference looks at researches that have been done in Zimbabwe by Zimbabweans and the aim is to enhance performance and inform the public about the current changes and development in sport that derive from that research.
“The idea is that in future, the conference is held prior to the youth games. We did not evaluate last year’s conference in terms of measurement
per se, but it was a success and we have received communication from many various stakeholders who want to be part of the this year’s conference,” Khumalo said.
Last year’s conference was held in Gwanda at the Joshua Mqabuko Technical College. The 2011 National Youth Games, won by Harare, were hosted by Matabeleland South.
Some of the themes of that will be tabled at the symposium this year are doping, Zimbabwe Traditional Games, Sports Management, Olympism, Gender and Sports, Paralympic Sports, Talent Identification and Development, Sports Insurance, The Media and Sports Development and HIVand Aids and Sports.
Last year’s theme was “Improving Sports through Science.”
The conference is expected to attract academics, sport administrators, coaches, team managers, athletes, tertiary institutions and other relevant stakeholders.