By John Tuerijama
MINISTER of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said individual countries in South African Development Community (SADC) should establish infrastructure that empower the youth through sport. Namibia is hosting the 38th ordinary summit of the Heads of States and Governments of the regional economic block in the capital, Windhoek. Themed ‘Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’, the SADC Summit slated will have the youth anticipating tangible outcomes that will have effect on their lives. Contacted by Confidente recently on how best he thinks the regional youths must be empowered, Uutoni said that the summit’s them also includes the development of sport infrastructure, apart from the mainstream infrastructure development such as mining and roads. “We need factories that can be spearheaded by the SADC youth and manufacture sports equipment for various sport codes such as soccer balls, tennis balls and sports gear. Factories that will manufacture such products are imperative within the region.” The Minister further added that if a country like Namibia can have a state-of-the-art basketball court in Kavango East, then Namibia can contribute to the sport infrastructure development within the regional block. Uutoni said that SADC countries, just like its member state South Africa that successfully hosted the 2010 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup, can also hosts international competitions if more sport infrastructure are established. Uutoni called on the corporate sector to cater for the regional youth by embarking on sport infrastructure development that will aid young people by utilising such facilities. Individuals contacted by this publication are of the opinion that SADC should emulate north African countries like Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria who are contemplating on bidding for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. They said SADC too can also bid for the same event and many others such as the IAAF’s Diamond Leagues and indoor championships. Chapter three of the SADC Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport specifically touches on areas of cooperation when it comes to sport’s development The protocol put emphasises on the importance of developing national sports and recreation policies, regional tournaments, centres of talent development, centres of excellence, sport academies, sport equipment, honours and awards.
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