By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) is concerned about the manner in which sports administrators turn a blind eye to the Sports Act 12 of 2003, a document needed to guide the affiliated sport codes and umbrella bodies on good governance. In an interview with Confidente this week, NSC Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya said that in rectifying the problem, the Commission organised a workshop on 14 July for all secretary generals and presidents of the sports codes and umbrella bodies. The workshop held in the capital was, however, shunned by over 20 sport main administrators. The NSC directed those administrators who did not attend the first workshop to attend the second one which was held lastweek. Mwiya said it was imperative for the sports administrators to understand the Sports Act and better make decisions in line with the Act, as required. He said the administrators who attended the first workshop were very appreciative of the NSC for organising such a workshop which enlightened them on what the Sports Act requires of them. “It was really necessary for them to attend and many described it as an eye-opener. We observed that federations are not governed properly and that we have in recent years seen many disputes which affected operations of the different sport codes. Sometimes decisions taken by sports administrators are contrary to what is stipulated in the Act,” said Mwiya. The NSC Chief Administrator said though some argue that the Sports Act is outdated and does not address relevant sports issues, sports administrators need to abide by the Act in its entirety. The Act is still the law even if submissions have been received to amend it. Another topical issue discussed during the sports administrators’ workshop was the selection policy of national teams, especially the composition of certain national teams. “There has been an outcry regarding the selection process of some national teams. You find a situation where a team’s selection is conducted by executives instead of the national coaches and that will never be condoned,” said Mwiya. He said it was imperative to have checks and balances during the selection process and that coaches are involved in selecting a national team. As for accountability, the NSC chief said that sports codes must at all time account for money given to them, be it the annual grants, sponsorships or donations. Though sports codes do not even have offices, he said that it is still of utmost importance to have their finances audited. Mwiya said that governance is key for sports administrators and that they must learn the due process followed when requesting funding for international competitions.
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