I AM in full agreement with the Minister of Sports, Youth and National Services that Namibia needs to establish the first-ever ‘National Sport Museum’ which will exhibit the achievements of the country’s sportsmen and women. Just like the Honourable Minister, Erastus Uutoni, I have always wondered why we are failing to have such facilities established in the country. First of all let me propose to the right honourable minister that he has to compel the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) to have a collection of pictures and documents on Namibian sport from the various sport federations and associations. My other proposition is to have the sport history incorporated in the primary school curriculum to incentivise our children at a tender age. We have had numerous national teams representing the country at international sporting events like the national rugby team that had their maiden appearance at the 1999’s Rugby World Cup. In like manner, we had the national football team competing in their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1998 through the tutelage of Rusten Mogane. Recently, we had our national women hockey playing in the hockey world cup held in Germany. The question on every-one’s lips is whether all these achievements at the international level are documented for the benefits of the future generation of this country. Our generation will never be empowered if we don’t equip them with the history of our country’s sporting achievements. The proposal by the right honourable minister cannot be swept under the carpet. May be if the Ministry of Sports can identify some facilities, or pulls funds together, we can have such an establishment right in the heart of Katutura. It has been done elsewhere around the world. For example in Australia, there is an established National Sports Museum dedicated to their respective sports’ codes in the country. It is located within the Melbourne Cricket Council. There are exhibits for sport codes such as cricket, Australian rules football, the summer and winter Olympic games, tennis, rugby league, soccer, basketball, boxing and netball to mention just a few. The Australian Hall of Fame is also located within the museum along with the Australian Racing Museum. So such positive suggestions from the Sport Minister are whole-heartedly welcomed despite the lack of funds being the stumbling block. Our government, through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services, can follow the example of other progressive countries and establish a national museum where all the sport codes are accommodated to document their respective achievements. Our southern neighbours, South Africa, have established the South African Sports Legacy Museum, based at the Loftus stadium in Pretoria. The museum has been established to preserve the history of sport in their country, including the hosting of the 2010 International Federations of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup. The South African idea of establishing a sport museum was the brainchild of Tshilidzi Musingadi, a former football midfielder for Liverpool FC based in Tshifudi, Limpolo. With most countries experiencing economic hard-ships, maybe the suggestion by the honourable Minister is far-fetched in the face of other competing priorities in the country. But let us all support such ideas like that of Minister Uutoni and have our very own sport achievements by our sport stars documented and preserved.
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