NAMIBIAN sport can only develop to the standard that we so much desire if we establish relationships with countries such as China and Germany.
The relationship will only benefit our sportsmen and women once they are exposed internationally by competing in various sport competitions not just within the continent, but also in the world at large.
Germany is one classical example who through the already existing bilateral agreement between the two countries we have sport codes such as basketball, volleyball and football benefiting from the relationship.
I am personally in agreement with the Namibia Sports Commission-NSC chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya who is of the opinion that Namibian athletes must be exposed aggressively globally.
The newly established relationship between China and Namibia through the two national football bodies must be encouraged but first and foremost it’s imperative to have sound relationships with our African sister countries.
As usual, our dire situation is unfortunately marred by lack of funding with some businesses in the private sector being selective in the kind of sport they wish to be associated with.
The call by the Namibia Telecommunication Limited-(NTC) John Nekongo in encouraging the private sector to come on board is a positive development.
Sure there are banking institutions such as NFB Namibia, Nedbank and Bank Windhoek who are doing extremely well in the development of school sport.
Debmarine Namibia and Scorpion Zinc are two other companies from the mining sector who have been evident in their social corporate responsibilities. May I then propose to Netball Namibia (ANNA) to decentralise their Debmarine Pent Series and not have the series only in Windhoek.
Sport administrators must understand the importance of decentralising sport to other regions seen by many in the sport fraternity as being neglected. Sure, The Namibian Newspaper Cup is another milestone in the development of sport, and now that they have included netball under their wings is another positive development.
And like I stated in my previous column, it is imperative for our politicians to attend sporting events and ones that mind-set is achieved lack of funding towards sport will undoubtedly be something of the past.
With so much happening, I don’t see a reason why Namibia can’t be a force within the SADC block. Perhaps, what we need is to have a number of high performance canters. It’s a pity that the high performance centre owned by the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) only benefits the rugby players mostly, however if federations or rather associations establish relationships locally then certainly we will see a situation whereby athletes share resources.
I mean Brave Warriors players now faced with the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers can utilise the NRU’s high performance centre in preparing for the continental qualification.
Mind you, we have a date with Zambia and we all know what happened in South Africa during our quarter final clash against ‘Chipolopolo’ of Zambia. ‘Sweet revenge against the Zambians is needed by all means.
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