Athletes Speak Out on Safeguarding

Presenting Issues

Diana Hansi, 17, Handball Athlete presenting group discussion results on issues affecting integrity of sport

Participants convened at an Athletes’ Safeguarding Forum today to deliberate on issues affecting the integrity of sport in Zambia. The 35 athletes aged between 16 and 30 are drawn from sport NGOs, Community Clubs and National Associations shared their experiences and views on safeguarding.

Key discussions were around corruption, age cheating, sexual harassment, witchcraft, lack of infrastructure, coach skills, poor nutrition and lack of remuneration.

Athletes identified the critical role that informed and aware athletes can play in  preventing and calling out issues in the event that they occur.

Out for some sunshine and dancing before the sessions

Out for some sunshine and dancing before the sessions

Recommendations from participants include:

– Developing codes of conducts within the clubs and ensuring all players and coaches are aware of them.

– Establishing anti-doping committees and awareness programs

– Reporting offenders to the police as Child Abuse and Corruption especially have stiff punishment

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Discussions at the Forum also covered reporting and seeking support in cases of violations. Information on the toll free help line Life Line 116 was shared with delegates.

Delegates said they would like regular forums such as this to discuss issues and interact with one another.

The Athletes’ Forum on Safeguarding in Sport is an initiative of NOWSPAR delivered with the support of our partners Norwegian Olympic Committee, Zambian Governance Foundation and Women Win.

2013 SportandDev eDebate is on

LombeOur General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa joins an international panel of experts on the ongoing eDebate on the platform on Sport and development looking at the role of sport for development in the Post 2015 Agenda.

Check out Lombe’s views here as she argues that ‘sport has popularised the MDGs and communicated them to otherwise isolated groups. The S&D community has actively played a role in popularising the MDGs at various levels, across age groups and economic groups. Through sport, MDGs have been communicated to parts of our society that would essentially be left out of the conversation.’

Oliver Percovich argues that the camaraderie and trust built in sport leads to successful dialogue and teamwork in other spheres. Read his views here.

Jutta Engelhardt argues that the MDGs have contributed to S&D by making individual players aware that they belong to a sector.

Share your thoughts by commenting on the articles and sending in questions and views. You can also follow @Sportanddev on Twitter to stay updated on the dialogue.

[Source: http://www.sportanddev.org]