IT is imperative for sports administrators to understand their responsibilities in their respective codes as it promotes their much needed development.
It is not fair on the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) who are always on the receiving end taking the blame for the lack poor planning from those running the various sport federations and associations.
An issue that ticks my mind is that of the African Youth Games scheduled for Algiers in July, where nothing has happened to date since the respective administrators were presented with application forms for athletes who qualified a while back.
This is a damning situation on the part of these sports administrators who have reluctantly ignored the plea from the NNOC, in view of the just over two months left before the youth games start.
To date we have no idea which athletes qualified and instead of emulating the feat by our Commonwealth Games gold medallists, these administrators are taking us five steps back.
To this effect, the NSC should feel compelled to put in place some mechanism that will force these federations and associations to have athletes prepared either a year before or earlier and not wait until a few months to start with preparations.
After all these 52 sport codes get annual grants from Government through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, which is public funds that are supposed to be used for such activities.
If at all we want to emulate the likes of our sister countries within the Southern African Development Country (SADC), such as Botswana and South Africa we need our sport administrators to understand the logic of what sports development means and aim for the very best which is bringing home medals from regional, continental and global sporting events. We have athletes that have already qualified for the African Youth Games, by virtue of being beneficiaries of the International Olympic Games (IOC) Solidarity Scholarship, bearing in mind that these Namibian athletes have to compete against 4 000 other athletes from the continent.There is no wonder why we have sport administrators who do not reflect the people they represent, but I think maybe it is time we have young and capable visionary sport administrators who understand the core issues of developing sports and take the ‘Land of the Brave’ to new heights. And, if sports administrators do not understand why we want more gold at the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo, Japan and also to have athletes ready and prepared by the end of 2019, then they probably do not deserve to be running these federations and associations.
I adore the tone set by the Minister of Sport, Erastus Uutoni, and I believe that he will accomplish one or two things before his tenure ends.
Please get the sports administrators to account for their actions and when we do not get the results we want these 52 sport codes administrators must be accountable, and just like our President Hage Geingob has said, this is a year of reckoning.
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