The unexpected demands by the Namibian Paralympic athletes earlier today has forced the officials from the Ministry of Sport, to schedule an urgent meeting on Thursday (tomorrow).
The athletes scheduled an impromptu gathering at the ministry’s head office, at which they threatened to boycott their trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Paralympic Games in September.
The athletes, demanded to see the Minister of Sport, Jerry Ekandjo were they ordered the line ministry to pay them appearance fees, bonuses and jobs upon return from Rio 2016. Its been reported that the athletes are disappointed that they have not received any remuneration or allowances for their participation at the previous games such as the All Africa Games and the Commonwealth Games held in London.
Contacted by Confidente on the impromptu strike, Namibia Paralympic Committee, Secretary-General, Michael Hamukwaya, said he was not aware of the athletes’ strike. But, confirmed that the ministry’s officials have agreed to meet the athletes on Thursday (morning).
“Well I was not there myself but the Ministry has attended to some of the grievances brought by the athletes,” he said. “As the NPC we will engage our counterparts on how to resolve the problem but remember that this is not just a Paralympic athletes problem but a general problem within sport,” he said.
Hamukwaya said the meeting at nine ’clock tomorrow will look at redressing the demands by the athletes. A weekly newspaper reported that Deputy Sport Minister, Agnes Tjongarero simply ignored the athletes, and instead referred the athletes to a lower ranking official. Team Namibia is expected to jet out on Monday, from the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
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