By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA Sports Commission (NSC) Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, is on a serious crusade to sail the country’s sport codes out of stormy waters, and has called an urgent meeting with the various affiliate secretary-generals, which will take place in June.
Mwiya told Confidente this week that the scheduled meeting will primarily deliberate on policy issues, as the NSC intends to sensitise the secretary-generals on pertinent matters that might affect both the umbrella body and its affiliates.
He said that it is important for the secretary-generals of the various sport codes to understand what is required of them, as the NSC anticipates the current funding crisis to continue this year.
This follows the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service’s budget being slashed by more than N$100 million for the 2017/18 financial year, from N$491 million in 2016/17 to the current N$385 million.
The NSC is expected to receive N$21.6 million as its allocation, which it will then share with the various sport codes.
The NSC’s 2016/17 budget was N$38 million. Mwiya said there is a likelihood that the funding challenges could hinder the implementation of certain programmes, and thus an audience with both the affiliate secretary-generals and the corporate sector is of paramount importance.
“We will surely have different audiences with these stakeholders, but I will have to consult with the NSC commissioners on the appropriate date to meet the business sector.
“We really need to strategise and that is why these meetings are of high importance to our very own existence. We already had meetings with the different sport codes, as per their categorisation, where we put an emphasis on good governance and unity among the sporting federations and the general sporting fraternity,” said Mwiya.
“It’s no use that we have sport administrators who are only concerned with their individual codes and give little or no regard to other sport codes. I think the time for putting oneself in one specific corner is over, and they (the sport administrators) must exchange ideas and overcome the challenges as a united force, and not individually.”
Mwiya said that earlier meetings with the sport code administrators had touched on national events, as well as the hosting of international ones. The sport codes had until last Friday to furnish the sports commission with information pertaining to their international events that will be hosted by Namibia.
“The responsibility still lies with the individual sport codes to provide us with this information, so that proper planning can be done and we can assist the sport bodies where necessary.”
The NSC’s administrative budget for the so-called C sport codes was N$200 000, with each affiliate receiving N$15 000.
“We have already started depositing the administrative money for the C codes, which include archery, badminton, bowling, canoeing, chess, darts, electronic sport, endurance and fistball,” said Mwiya.
The B category sport codes, which include basketball, swimming, tennis, swimming and gymnastics, among others, will be given N$30 000 each for administration fees. Both these categories will not receive any international participation funding.
However, they can apply for such funding, but will only be assisted to participate in qualifying events. They have to motivate and substantiate to the NSC why they should be funded in this regard.
“We have set aside over N$500 000 to assist the B and C category sport codes, when competing internationally,” said Mwiya.
Category A sport codes will receive N$50 000 each for their administration fees, along with various grants for their respective international participation costs.
Athletics, boxing, cricket and netball will get N$150 000 each for international participation, while volleyball will receive N$100 000.
The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU), which normally used to receive N$800 000 for their international participation, will now receive N$500 000, while the Namibia Football Association (NFA) will receive an unimpressive N$3.3 million.
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