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.

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Zambia Athletics Gears Up for Safeguarding

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The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) successfully hosted its national consultative meeting that brought together delegates from across the nation to deliberate on the development of athletics.

A key conversation at this forum was a session on safeguarding the integrity of sport that was delivered by NOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba.

The session looked at key risks to integrity of sport and the roles and responsibilities of duty bearers within the Athletics Association.

A major outcome of this process was the resolution to set up a committee to look into safeguarding issues within ZAAA.

NOWSPAR will be supporting this committee with technical advice, tools and capacity building.

This is a step forward within NOWSPAR’s Play Free program on safeguarding sport that ZAAA is part of, past actions have included consultative meetings with executive members, self-audit and awareness session with program directors.

This is possible with the support of our partners Government Ministry of Sport, Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win and Zambian Governance Foundation.