… Moots exchange of athletes, sport experts
By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA and Macedonia have recently signed an agreement which will see the two countries exchange athletes and sports experts over the next four years.
The memorandum of agreement, signed by the president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) Abner Xoagub and his Macedonian Olympic Committee counterpart Vasil Tupurkovski, will further cement the sports development in both countries.
Xoagub told Confidente this week that the signing ceremony which took place in Skopje, Macedonia, saw both parties expressing their unquestionable determination to develop, and promote the Olympics and sports cooperation by giving each other best possible support.
He further stressed that the agreement will encourage the national sports federations to coordinate their actions, and foster their bilateral cooperation in the area of youth and top -level sports development.
“The parties will dedicate sole attention to the fostering, development and promotion of the exchange and cooperation of sports experts and sports knowledge in the area of sports management and administration,” said Xoagub.
“We will prioritize top-level sport and the promotion and improvement of better sport performance and sport results of the athletes of both countries using the sport infrastructure and facilities of both countries,” stressed Xoagub.
He further added that both countries will encourage their individual national sport federations to promote the mutual sport exchange of athlete’s experts, programs and sport facilities.
Xoagub said: “ The parties will encourage their athletes to participate on international competitions that will be hold on the territory of the one of the parties, and will encourage their national sport federations to make a direct contact related to fostering of the mutual exchange of experts and cooperation on highest possible level, and further details will be established between the national sport federations.”
He said that mutual exchange of experts and cooperation will be encouraged between the experts in the field of sport science, sport medicine and doping control.
The NNOC president said that financial conditions will be established through additional `consultation with the national sport federations, and will also encourage the method of country that sends the athletes/experts to be responsible for the financial means for the trips, and that the country that receives the athletes/experts will be responsible for the accommodation, meals including arrangement on local transport.
“This agreement for Olympic and sport cooperation will be in force from the day of the signing of this document and will be valid in a period of four years. The terms and the conditions of the agreement for sport cooperation will be automatically continued for a period of additional four years if the parties do not express attention to end the validation of this agreement for sport cooperation,” emphasized Xoagub.
The immediate focus will be sport administration and management training for all Olympic and Commonwealth sport code administrators.
The following sport disciplines are identified to benefit, but the list is not limited, and this include Tennis, Table Tennis, Handball, Volleyball, Netball, Boxing and Marathon.
Xoagub, who arrived in Namibia this week further said that they will soon engage the national sport federation’s administrators during their quarterly meeting later this year.
“We as the NNOC will only facilitate the process but the national federations will need to point out how and which areas of cooperation they wish to engage their Macedonian counterparts.”
He said the NNOC used to run a sport management course with the late sport consultant Quinton Steele Botes. But, now we want to restart that course that will look at basic sport management course looking at sport governance and management.
He said that there are some sport codes being administered by parents who cease the administration of sport ones their children stop playing sport.
“We want to see a situation where we see these parents continue with their work as sport administrators even when their children quit playing sport,” emphasized Xoagub.
“What we are interested in is the six month sport certificate course in sport governance and management. We will invite sport administrators including sport journalists to attend the basic course of which the best performers will be selected for the six-month course to take place sometime early next year.”
“We are in agreement with a high learning institution to which these future sport administrators can do a degree in sport administration and management which will also include event and sponsorship management,” said Xoagub.
The NNOC following the MoU will be assisted by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) accredited Sport Lecturer Sasho
Bobosky, a lecturer at the University of Macedonia.
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