LET me congratulate Nestor Tobias for winning the WBO Africa Boxing Promoter of the Year for the fifth consecutive time.
Tobias is a worthy winner, after having produced the likes of former WBA, IBF, and IBO world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo.
The achievement by Tobias is self-explanatory.
The Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy has also presented its blueprint to its official sponsor, MTC, while highlighting its objectives and what the stable intends on accomplishing in the road ahead.
Just like our sportsmen and women the country’s sport coaches and trainers are playing an important role in marketing Namibia on the global stage.
We have produced the reigning African champion in women’s mountain biking and our very own national indoor hockey team is gearing up for the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Germany next month.
These are achievements that deserve recognition within the sport fraternity, and if they are not acknowledged, and taken cognisance of by our politicians, then I don’t know what will change their mindsets.
In the same breath, I’d like to also congratulate our sportsmen and women, who through the MTC/NSC Namibia Sports Awards, were rewarded for their sporting exploits.
To those, who did not win this time, there is always a next time.
I urge all our sportsmen and women to put in that extra effort into their discipline, and fight for recognition. However, that will only happen if funding is made available, and invest in our athletes, because there are number of world sporting events leading to the 2020 Olympic Games, slated for Tokyo, Japan.
I have noticed a decline in the number of athletes at international competitions, and equally, I wonder what has happened to our elite athletes based in Jamaica.
Has the government shunned these athletes, as we not hearing anything? There hasn’t been any feedback from the ministry of sport on status of our athletes in Jamaica.
Let me also give a word of encouragement and support to Namibia’s former sprint ace, Frank Fredericks, who is accused of passive money laundering and accepting bribes.
I, for one, am right behind you, praying for your innocence, and looking forward to the charges being dropped and you being declared innocent.
You will remain in our prayers. I am not saying this to a stranger, as Fredericks grew up in a dusty road in Katutura Central, right behind the Groot Winkels, a few houses from me.
So as a son of the soil and a true Namibian sporting legend, Namibians should rally behind him, during this difficult time.
And before I forget, Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti again has a daunting task to overcome against the Warriors of Zimbabwe this coming Saturday at the Sam Nujoma, because he made a promise to Deputy Sport, Youth an National Service Minister, Agnes Tjongarero, that the Dr Hage Geingob Cup will remain in Namibia.
So my brother, Mannetti, although the deputy minister insisted on you promising to upset Zimbabwe, remember that those Robert Mugabe charges have a score to settle with us, because it is because of us that they will not feature in next year’s CHAN finals in Morocco.
We have come to know the Sam Nujoma Stadium as ‘The Slaughterhouse’, and Zimbabwe should be no exception, when it comes to us humiliating visiting teams.
Football-loving fans will surely rally behind your charges, so go out there and make us proud!
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