Russell Mhiribidi

Sports leaders to tackle conflict management

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SCENES of athletes violently charging at each other, pushing and shoving, cursing and gesturing in all manner of unsportsmanlike behaviour are a daily occurrence at sports events around the world.

The unparalleled urge to win at all costs pushes athletes, be it in soccer, basketball or rugby to throw the spirit of sportsmanship out of the window.

The Sports Leaders Institute of Zimbabwe (SLIZ) through its second edition of the annual sports management autumn camp to be held in Kariba looks to tackle conflict management in sports.

The camp runs from 11 to 13 April and will be attended by delegates drawn from tertiary institutions – universities, colleges and polytechnics – around the country.

a�?Conflict management comes in various forms that include intra-group conflict between athletes of the same team and it can be influenced by conflicting behaviours, interests and values,a�? said SLIZ president Russell Mhiribidi.

According to research intra-group conflicts can also be as a result of jealousy or personal dislike.

a�?During the camp we will tackle pre-event conflict management, sports organisation conflicts among other issues and the discussions will be led by a lecturer from one of the tertiary institutions.

a�?The camp is an open forum where important issues in tertiary sports are discussed and possible solutions come from the delegates themselves because they are the institutionsa�� decision makers, that is principals, vice-principals, deans of students and heads of sports departments,a�? said Mhiribidi.

Other topics to be discussed include corporate governance in tertiary sport, facility management and the new physical education and sports curriculum.

The first edition of the autumn camp was held in Masvingoa��s Great Zimbabwe and had 104 participants.

a�?Registration is open for the autumn camp and it is our hope that the second edition of this clinic will attract more participants from the tertiary institutions. Ita��s important that the country adapts to global trends of running sport and not lag behind,a�? he added.