By John Tuerijama
THE MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) 2017 Sports Awards has been launched, amid an announcement that N$300 000 is urgently needed to reward the eventual winners of the Coach of the Year, Umpire/Referee of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year and the Development Programme of the Year categories.
“We are hard at work fishing for a potential sponsor, and I sincerely hope that businesses will kindly see to our needs, as we need to reward those winners,” said NSC International Relations and Marketing Officer, Tjeripo Musutua.
This year’s awards will feature 15 categories, including ones recognising those with disabilities.
Athletes will be honoured for the performances that they delivered between 1 October last year and 31 August this year. The MTC Sports Star of the Year Award category will be voted for by a panel of judges, and will honour an athlete that has produced world-class performances on a national, continental or global level. The athlete must have continuously set records or displayed excellent conduct and ethical behaviour within the sporting code of their choice. Tjeripo said that nominations for the awards must be submitted by 8 September at 16h00, while the verification of nominees will be done by auditors.
The judging of the first and second round judging of nominees will determine the three finalists in each category, by not later than 20 September. Among the frontrunners to be honoured is former World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the International Boxing Organization (IBO) champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, despite losing his titles to American boxer Terrence Crawford recently. Others expected to shine at the October awards event are the Paralympians, who did the country proud at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship in London this year. The Brave Warriors, who won the 2017 Council of Southern African Football Federations (Cosafa) Cup Plate trophy, and the Namibian senior women’s hockey team, are expected to go head-to-head for the Team of the Year award. This category is being sponsored by Namibian Breweries Limited, through its Tafel Lager brand.
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