The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) met with the Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZINA) and a new netball splinter group trading under the name Rainbow League in order to iron out the impasse which has seen some teams jumping ship to join the well sponsored social league.
The tussle for control of netball between the SRC affiliated ZINA and social league group Rainbow who created a splinter league reached simmering point forcing the SRC to step in to manage the conflict.
SRC corporate communications officer Tirivashe Nheweyembwa said netball has to be the winner at the end of the day hence the supreme sports body has to mediate between the two associations to find a common ground.
“We are meeting the two associations to resolve the netball crisis. ZINA is the registered association but players need a benefit after play hence we will try and make the two associations to find a common ground,” he said.
ZINA is the registered netball association while Rainbow League is a new association alleged to be bankrolled to the tune of $250 000.
ZINA is accusing Rainbow of disturbing the smooth running of the league while Rainbow has also accused the netball body of refusing teams the right to play in a league decorated with lucrative benefits.
Since the commencement of the Netball Super League, some teams have already hinted that they might be joining the well funded Rainbow League.
Meanwhile, the SRC held a meeting on Friday in Gweru in preparation for the national paralympic games and reviewed upwards participation fees from $20 to $70 per participant for the games slated for this August.