By John Tuerijama
THE Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni, has expressed dismay at the dilapidated standard of sport facilities, especially sport fields in the Kavango East, Oshana and Omusati regions.
Having undertaken regional tours to some of the country’s regions as part of his familiarisation tour, Uutoni lashed out at regional leadership and the corporate sector to fully maintain the sport facilities and utilise the facilities for the development of sport.
The Minister said there are sport disciplines in the country which do not maximise on the development of their sport, and singled out a rugby stadium in the Kavango East as being under-utilised.
“Our sports facilities are extremely sub-standard in the regions which are the areas being neglected, let us unite in maintaining our facilities,” he said.
Speaking during the official launch of the 2018 Scorpion Zinc Under-17 Football Tournament scheduled for Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, from 25 to 26 August, the Minister said that rugby as a sport is now confined to the Khomas Region, specifically in Windhoek.
“The rugby stadium in the Kavango East region is extremely neglected, and there is potential talent in that region and the stadium is not fully utilised,” stressed Uutoni, cautioning the rugby leadership to visit the regions and scout for talent instead of having rugby mainly concentrated in the capital.
Uutoni said a sport facility next to the State Hospital in the Oshana Region was underutilised and neglected. “Let us sensitize the corporate sector to contribute to the development of sports facilities. Let our young people in sport become enterprisers by venturing into tailoring where they can produce playing gear for our footballers” the Minister said.
Uutoni warned that people become angry when they see Chinese, Zimbabwean and Zambian nationals venturing into businesses such as tailoring. “We have a small budget in our Ministry where young people can come and be assisted financially if they want to venture into tailoring. We have young people who graduated from our vocational centreswho can create employment,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Sports Minister will in the next few weeks table the drafted sports reward policy in parliament. “The sports policy has reached an advance stage and all processes are being followed.”
Early last week the Minister presented the draft sports rewarding policy to cabinet. He called on the business community and sport fans to accompany him during his visits to the regions to familiarise themselves with the conditions in the regions.
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