By John Tuerijama
NATIONAL Sports Commission (NSC) Chief Administrator has called on the national sports federations to schedule their own sports awards prior to the national awards. Freddy Mwiya said this will ensure that the best candidates are nominated for the various awards in the upcoming Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and NSC annual Namibia Sports Award (NSA). Mwiya told Confidente this week that if sports codes have their own awards, it will make the nominating process for their best candidates easier. He added that the individual federation sports awards must be solely based on events held in the country, at regional, continental level and also at inter- continental and global level. The NSC’s chief administrator said the commission decided to focus on the five criteria, because the events held at national and regional level have long been over-looked. “We have decided on those after a post-mortem was conducted last year and that it is important for the national sport federation to have their own awards. Sports codes such as the paralympics, cricket, hockey, Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) and rugby clubs have in the past hosted their sport awards in acknowledging their outstanding sportsmen and women,” Mwiya said. He said apart from the individual national events, sports federations can honour their athletes based on the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (COSSASA), All African Games, African Youth games, Commonwealth and the Olympic games. Mwiya said that unions such as the karate and kick boxing have now put plans in motion to honour their individual sport stars. “It’s time that federations start thinking pragmatically and be innovative instead of depending on the national sport award. Let the federations recognise their athletes before nominating anyone for the annual sport award,” stressed Mwiya. Speaking at the launch of the MTC NSC Sports awards, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni warned administrators to refrain from unbecoming behaviour. He said that sports administrators must at all times be credible, fair and just when selecting national teams. Uutoni warned that selecting national team athletes based on unfair practices will never be condoned. Instead national teams must be selected on merits. The Minister said that unfair practices of selecting national teams will ultimately disunite the nation and that selecting a team based on colour should be done away with. “Favouritism over some athletes is unacceptable and those selecting athletes based on that must be discouraged.” “Corruption is killing the nation and sport must be managed by totally professional people who have the necessary expertise. The NSC must implement some guidelines and systems that will help combat such practices,” said the Minister. He added that such practices demoralise some members of society who could successfully represent the country.
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