By John Tuerijama
INDIVIDUALS entrusted with the administration of sport are incompetent and are not well versed with the business of managing sport.
That is the view of former Namibia Premier League (NPL) CEO, Mathew Haikali who said lack of interest by sport administrators has adversely contributed to Namibia’s poor showing at major international sport events. He was speaking at a panel discussion on the state of sport in the country.
Also in attendance was deputy sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and former sports commissioner, Ndeulipula Hamutumwa.
Making his remarks at a panel discussion that deliberated on the status of sport in the country, Haikali said N$120 million has been invested in sport over the past 10 years but to date there is nothing to show for that investment as sport development has been lagging behind and the country has been unable to win medals at major events, such as the just ended Rio Olympics.
According to Haikali, the state of sport facilities countrywide is in the saddest of conditions, but he was quick to point out that there is potential to develop and renovate the sport facilities.
He said lack of professionalism by sport administrators is also hindering development, citing poor communication among administrators as a major stumbling to the development of sport.
Haikali said Government must enact a law that will force the private sector to commit certain portions of their profits to sport development. The sentiment, during the discussion, was that foreign-owned businesses repatriate most of their profits to their mother countries where sport is flourishing while Namibian sport continues to lag behind in terms of development.
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