…Swakopmund to hosts Sports Awards
By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA’S participation internationally has increased tremendously this year despite the sports fraternity feeling the economic effects of the economic meltdown in terms of limited funding.
For the first-time in the history of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC)/Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Sports Awards, the national sport body has chosen Swakopmund to host this year’s event.
Speaking to Confidente this week, NSC Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya revealed that the coastal town will play host to the glittering event scheduled to take place at the popular Dome.
“We really want to shift the paradigm as the business sector in Swakopmund expressed their willingness to be part and parcel of this year’s NSC/MTC sports awards,” said Mwiya.
Reflecting on the first quarter of the year, in terms of international participation, NSC chief expressed satisfaction with Namibia’s international competitiveness. He said the first quarter of 2018 had challenges and success stories with the national football team, alias ‘Brave Warriors’, starting the year on a positive with their excellent participation at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals held in Morocco.
The national women hockey team was another success story with their participation at the world cup in Germany.
“They have without any doubt put Namibia on the world map and now the country is being ranked among the very best globally,” stated Mwiya.
Netball Namibia was another shining example after winning the Debmarine Namibia Pent Series, while the Welwitchias also received a pat on the back for their form in the current Africa Gold Cup campaign which will hopefully see the national team eventually qualifying for the World Rugby Cup pencilled for Japan in 2020.
Mwiya gave a thumbs up to the Namibia Paralympic Team which excelled at the just ended grand prix championships held in Berlin, Germany.
“Most importantly we cannot forget the achievement by long distance runner Helalia Johannes and amateur boxer Jonas Junias Jonas for winning the gold medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“Because of their achievements Namibia is one of the top countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) following on the heels of South Africa and Botswana in terms of medals won at the games,” said Mwiya.
He also mentioned sports codes such as karate and kickboxing which also did exceptionally well in their respective competitions. The NSC noted that the sportsmen and women achieved great success with limited resources the Commission is allocated.
Although Mwiya did not reveal much on the October Sports Awards in terms of the new changes, it is most likely that there are obvious top contenders for the MTC sportsman and sportswoman awards.
Mwiya further commended the tennis association which recently achieved Group 2 ranking rights which will see countries like Portugal competing in Namibia.
“We will soon be treated to elite tennis competitions because of that achievement by the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA). And though we have limited funds I thank Government through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for their assistance whenever the country competes regionally.”
This week the NSC received the final names of the athletes for the upcoming Junior All Africa Games scheduled for Algiers, Algeria later this month. “We expect our athletes to do very well at the continental showdown. Namibia has the potential to produce world class athletes,” said Mwiya.
Meanwhile, the NSC has scheduled a one-day workshop on governance and constitution on 14 July at the University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Mwiya alleged that sport administrators were interpreting the Namibia Sport Act wrongly, and that time had come for the different secretary- generals and presidents of the associations and federations to have a refresher course.
“It is mandatory for these sport administrators to attend the one-day course hence all communications have been forwarded to their respective offices,” said the NSC chief administrator.
He said that public fights by sport administrators must be something of the past and that it was time to prioritise the wellbeing of athletes and put aside individual egos.
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