… As deadline looms for Ekandjo to brief State House
By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) has finally concluded its long-awaited consultations with its affiliates, and will on Monday submit a detailed categorisation policy to Sport, Youth and National Service Minister, Jerry Ekandjo.
In an interview with Confidente this week NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, said that the pressure has been mounting intensely to have the categorisation process finalised.
Confidente has been reliably informed that there is intense pressure on Ekandjo to the categorisation policy and its supporting documents to State House on 30 September.
“We started with the consultation process on 10 June this year, where over 60 percent of our affiliates provided us with their respective data, which among others included a complete form on their existence in the 14 political regions, developmental programmes in the regions, governance, international participation, future strategic plans, their number of athletes and their blueprint for the promotion of their respective sport codes,” said Mwiya.“We have a total of 57 sport codes affiliated to the NSC, and by this week alone, I must say that we have concluded the consultation processes, because what we experienced was that some sport codes did not submit the required information, so we had to call them in and have face-to-face consultations, and we have successfully done so.”
Mwiya said that the consultations were conducted by NSC commissioners Monica Shapwa and Benjamin Rebang, as well as officials from the sports ministry and veteran sport scribe Carlos Kambaekwa, while Mwiya and Director of Sport, Shivute Kambata, are the advisors on the way forward.
“We are going to submit the document to Minister Jerry Ekandjo on Monday. Our focus areas, while consulting with the sport codes, looked at regional development, which must make up 50 percent of a sport code’s activities. Participation makes up 10 percent, international participation 10 percent, governance 25 percent and other developmental programmes must be 5 percent,” said Mwiya.
He said the sport codes needed adherence to these percentages, as per the categorisation process requirement.
Mwiya said that there are four categories, in which the 57 sport codes will be placed: national codes, priority sport codes, developmental sport codes and recreational/leisure sport codes. “The two national sport codes will be sport codes that have national cohesion, bring unity, are played all over the country, and have a national identity, in terms of representation,” said the NSC chief administrator.
“The priority codes will be sport codes that have great potential for achieving medals at international competitions,” he said.
The categorisation process also looks at the developmental codes, which are sports that show potential in their developmental programmes, for which resources are needed.
When asked about the possible recreational sport codes, Mwiya referred to sport codes that are predominantly family sports and which are for recreational purposes.
“We have been pushing to finalise the categorisation process as a matter of urgency,” he said.
Asked what has been achieved since taking charge at the NSC, the chief administrator said that they have concluded all policy-related documents.
He said that the National Sport Policy, Sport Act Amendment Bill and the Reward Policy are already with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
Asked how they will fund the sport codes, in lieu of the new categorisation policy, Mwiya said that in the past it was very difficult to successfully allocate the needed grants, as per the requirements of the individual sport codes.
“But now with a complete categorisation policy we will be guided by the policy on the actual amount needed for sport.
The categorisation policy will now speak volume and policymakers will have to be well-versed with the various sport policies,” he emphasised.
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