…New Minister calls for sector overhaul
By John Tuerijama
BARELY a week in his new portfolio, Sport, Youth and National Service Minister Erastus Uutoni says despite Namibia’s exceptional performance at international sport competitions, more is needed in evaluating the weaknesses and strengths within the sport fraternity.
In an exclusive interview with Confidente this week, Uutoni acknowledged that Namibia is doing very well internationally when one looks at sport codes such as boxing, hockey and football.
“I am very proud of these codes despite the economic challenges being faced by the country. More importantly [I am proud of] Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses who dominated the first eight rounds of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight world title against Raymundo ‘Sugar’ Beltran in the United States last Friday, although Moses lost on points,” Uutoni explained.
He stressed that the country, with her small population has produced world class athletes like former sport sprint legend Frank Fredericks and Elizabeth Mugundi who put the country’s name on the international sport arena.
However, Uutoni said that more efforts on strategies in prioritising certain sport codes is imperative if the country is to improve on the current standards.
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