By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIAN sport will not go anywhere unless there are significant improvements in the administration of clubs and federations.
That is the view of Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chairman, Joel Matheus who said the sports fraternity needs to unite to improve the standard of sports in the country.
“Sports administration in Namibia is a serious concern. The NSC needs to identify the gaps of performance for Namibia sport administrators in order to close them and ensure that Namibian sport becomes a positive socio-economic driver,” emphasised the chairperson.
“This is an unfortunate situation that needs to be addressed. The strength of the NSC depends on the strength of its affiliates,” he added.
Matheus further said that no matter how hard they push the developmental agenda there will always be problems if the affiliates continue to move in different directions.
“All I can say now is that the NSC is looking in to this matter seriously and soon a strategy will be developed to address it,” he said.
Although Namibian sport has experienced a torrid time in 2016, Matheus said there was no need to have an ‘indaba’ to discuss those challenges.
“I don’t think that a sport indaba is needed. We must first implement the resolutions of the 2014 Sport Conference then if we get stuck somewhere we can call the sport fraternity to give their suggestions on the way forward. Otherwise we will just continue organising conferences and indabas that do not bear any fruits,” he warned.
In his new year’s letter to the 50 plus NSC affiliates, Matheus said the Commission has been exposed to various challenges while attaining a number of successes in 2016.
He called on the sport leadership to rededicate itself as the country prepares to participate in various contests such as national leagues and competitions on home soil and abroad.
“The Namibia Sport Commission’s budget and subsequent potential allocations to the various sporting codes, federations and umbrella bodies will be affected,” he revealed.
“Thus we must indeed employ smart and practical techniques to readjust our programmes and resources to live within those budget cuts,” he said in the letter.
He said 2017 must be adopted as the year where the NSC would implement strategies to administer their various adopted programmes with more vigour and dedication.
“Therefore the NSC is campaigning to get backing from the private sector to realise the aspiration of the young athletes and sport personalities advancing to the next level.”
In spite of all these challenges, Matheus maintains that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel as Government has committed to review the Sports Act with a view to modernise it to respond to present day demands.
“We have already provided our efforts which will among others address the funding models of sport in Namibia,” he said.
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