… Orders return of N$110 000, after Jonas, Amunyela no-show at world champs
By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) has flexed its muscles, and ordered the Namibia Boxing Federation (NABF) to return the N$110 000 that was meant for Jonas Junias Jonas and Mathias Hamunyela’s participation at last month’s 2017 Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany, which they failed to attend.
The duo was to have represented the country at the world championship, which took place from 25 August to 3 September, but refused to be driven to the Hosea Kutako International Airport on the day of their departure.
NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, told Confidente that they have to order the NABF to return the money meant for the accommodation, flight tickets and meals of the two boxers.
“We instructed the boxing federation last Thursday to return the money; we wrote them a letter. I don’t know the reason why the boxers didn’t leave for Germany, but we heard it had something to do with coach’s payment,” said Mwiya.
“We are expecting the money to be returned, and unfortunately, since we paid for their flight tickets, we did incur a loss, because we could not get any refund.
“As for the N$3 500 affiliation fee, paid to AIBA, I’m not sure if the boxing federation has indeed paid their affiliation fee, but if they did they must provide us with a receipt of payment,” an irritated Mwiya said.
“Yes it’s a loss to the NSC, with regard to the flight ticket payments, but if the boxing federation has indeed used the money for something else, then they must account why they did so; no one is above the law , and the NSC will certainly take action if the money is not returned.”
The chief administrator said that if the NSC does not take appropriate action, then all the sport codes will behave in the same manner, if the boxing federation fails to return the money. “I really can’t mention the actual punishment that could be meted out, should the boxing federation fail to return the N$110 000,” he said.
“Even the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero queried verbally why the boxers did not go to Germany.”
NABF President Benjamin Rebang pleaded ignorance about the actual reasons why the boxers and their trainers refused to board the plane.
However, he admitted that when he went to pick up the boxers and their trainers, to ferry them to the airport, they had demanded pocket money.
“I regret, as the president of the federation, that I to this date don’t know the actual reasons why the boxers did not leave for Germany. I was not informed further of their reasons. Had the pocket money been paid directly to their bank account, I am confident that these boxers would have travelled to Germany,” Rabang said. “I understand that the boxers got U$250 (N$3 300) in pocket money from the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC). I don’t know why the NNOC dealt directly with the boxers, and did not involve the boxing leadership. Perhaps the boxers contracted them.”
Commenting on the NSC’s demand that they repay the N$110 000, Rabang added, “It’s funny how some sport administrators deal with sport issues in this country. I really don’t. However, we have returned the money to the NSC, as ordered.”
Asked whether the AIBA affiliation fee had been paid, the boxing president said it was paid earlier this month, and that they will present the payment receipt to the NSC.
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