This year's Annual Sports Awards Ceremony (ANSA) which has been set for next month in Harare has been moved to next year for several reasons between their prevailing economic conditions and the need to change the name of the event.
The award was set for December 18 in Harare.
The nomination process has already taken place because the Sports Commission has opened entries for nominations and is scheduled to close on November 21.
However, in a statement released yesterday, the director general of the Sports Commission, Prince Mupazviriho said the ceremony had been moved to next year in March.
"The Annual National Sports Award Ceremony (ANSA), which is scheduled to take place on December 18, 2018, in Harare has been suspended to later in March 2019. This has been demanded by the following reasons:
– Current economic conditions that prevail are not profitable to host the award due to the escalation of costs.
– The need to change the name of ANSA
– Zimbabwe's participation in the African Union Sports Council 5 Sports Match to be held in December and the need to also take into account some athletes and officials who are still competing at various levels throughout the world.
"The above delay is intended to ensure an increase in the quality of awards and to ensure that the athletes and officials who will have them
excelled getting the maximum benefits from them.
"National sports associations are advised to continue to track the performance of athletes and / or their teams and submit the necessary nominations to the Sports and Recreation Commission," read part of the statement.
Meanwhile, the Sports Commission and the Educational Sports Academy of Bindura University will host the second national woman at this Friday's sports conference in Harare.
The conference will run under the theme, "Let them lead and tell their stories."
The purpose of this conference is to guide women on a number of topical issues that affect women in sports and recreation and to create networking opportunities for women in sports and recreation.
It will also provide a platform to stimulate and maintain development for women through sports and recreation.
The Sports Commission's communications officer, Tirivashe Nheweyembwa, said the conference was also open to men.
"While the main target group is women, we don't close the door to men because it is our strong belief that for sports programs to succeed at any level, men and women need each other. Therefore it is important for men to also be present.
"This is not one of the usual conferences, things will be done differently because there will be a plenary session during the conference and the presenters will be questioned by the delegates and in the end a concrete solution will be made that will be followed through various programs," said Nheweyembwa.
Some presenters at the conference included veteran sports administrator Angela Nyaundi, who will be present at advocacy in sports while Judith Siziba will talk about female student participation in Zimbabwe's university sports.
There will also be a presentation from Lysias Charumbira about brand equity felt by women in sports in Zimbabwe among other topics.