There is a lot of inequality in sports development – Kasoka

THERE is a lot of inequality in the development of sport, says ‘Silent Copper Pallets’ deaf national team coach Patrick Kasoka.

In a presentation at the inaugural meeting for the Southern Province Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA-Zambia) at Crossroads Lodge on Tuesday, Kasoka who is also the proprietor of PK Sports Academy said challenges facing the sports sector needed urgent attention.

“The sports sector is associated with a lot of inequalities. We find a lot of segregation with regards funding to develop sports in Zambia. Players with hearing impairment failed to travel to Kenya for the 2022 Brazil World Cup qualifier due to lack of funds, but the Chipolopolo and the Copper Queens within the same space of time were funded to fly out,” Kasoka said.

He said pending programmes for the ‘Silent Copper Pallets’ included constituting teams comprising people with hearing impairments in all districts and provinces so as to have league structures to be used as talent identification platforms for future national team engagements.

Kasoka said the ‘Silent Copper Pallets’ are under the managment of the Zambia Deaf Sports Federation (ZDSF) based.

The FIA Southern Province alliance meeting was attended by 22 participants and FIA-Zambia’s national cordinator Daisy Mwilima Lutangu, her assistant Ellah Jere and Development 360 executive director Christopher Lubasi.

Lubasi said: “FIA-Zambia works on the premise that the gap between the rich and poor adversely undermines access to social services and the protection of fundamental human rights.

FIA-Zambia was founded in Lusaka (at the Global Platform Zambia) in September 2018, with the objective of collectively advocating for a more equal and fair Zambia.”

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