Primary and Secondary Education Minister Paul Mavhima says every school-going child in Zimbabwe will from next year be forced to get involved in sporting activities.
Mavhima told journalists on Thursday that the government will soon make it mandatory for all children to get involved in sport starting next year.
Mavhima said this has already been included in the school curricular, adding that not a single child, be they in crèche or upper schooling levels, would be allowed to miss out on sport as they aim to ensure every child in the country is healthy.
Mavhima said his ministry is putting plans in motion to ensure that the necessary sporting facilities are available in schools as they also want to tap talent at an early age as has been done in countries like China, Ethiopia and Kenya that produce top medal-winning athletes annually.
But he did not enunciate where Harare, which is struggling financially, will get the money from.
The deputy minister said sport is the highest paying industry in the world, adding it was important that Zimbabweans also fought for the financial pickings sport offers.
Mavhima said this at a gathering to celebrate the achievements of the 15-member Zimbabwe team that won 12 medals at the just-ended Special Olympics World Championships in Los Angeles, in the USA.
The returning Zimbabwean team was in high spirits with Nyasha Derere, who won a bronze medal, saying he enjoyed a lot while in the USA.
Another of the athletes, Elizabeth Moyo, said it was quite an experience competing against the best the world has to offer.
She says she also leant a lot by meeting people of various backgrounds and speaks effusively about the generosity of people from the hosting nation.
The Special Olympics World Championships attracted over 6,500 athletes from 195 countries.