By John Tuerijam
MINISTER of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni has called on the national hockey women’s team to buy into his dream of establishing the country’s first-ever sport museum. Uutoni made the call during the national women hockey team courtesy call, as he was sending the athletes off to Buenos Aires for the International Olympic (IOC) Youth Games. He said the sport museum would showcase the history of Namibian sportsmen and women who did the country proud by excelling regionally, continentally and globally. The sport minister added that Namibia must have her first-ever sport expo and called on sport administrators and parents to document Namibia’s sport. “Namibia has developed well when one looks at the promotion of women in sport disciplines predominantly dominated by their male counterparts.” He said sport is essential to every citizen and that it has become a huge industry, not just in Namibia, but in the world. He said the sport sector needs to organise itself by introducing programmes that will unlock the potential of athletes: “The challenges being faced by sportspersons need to be tackled head on or attacked directly if the country wants to reap the fruits.” He urged the hockey national team players to proudly represent the country on and off the field of play and to perform to the best of their abilities while in Argentina. He urged them to come back with medals that can be displayed in future at the envisaged sport museum. Uutoni also called on the hockey players to study while in Argentina because the girls are required to sit for the year-end examinations when they return in December. “You must create time [for studies] while in Argentina. Life is very tough for one who does not have education.” The minister called on the welltrained administrators and coaches to implement new ideas that will take sport in the country to the next level. He said the idea of a sport fund was imperative and pointing to the English Premier League (EPL) for an example, said sport is a huge industry that offered employment to many footballers worldwide. Uutoni called on young and older citizens to support his idea of a sport museum and that the idea can come to fruition when local and global experts are invited to the conference. NNOC secretary-general Joan Smit said qualifying for the Youth Games was extremely tough and that the NNOC could basically do nothing to have the qualification lowered. She said the qualification criteria were implemented two years ago and that Namibia has to compete against 52 other African countries during the African qualifiers for the IOC youth games. Aside from the scheduled games, Team Namibia will also take part in the educational and cultural games at the Athlete’s Village. The 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games – officially known as the III Summer Youth Games, and commonly known as Buenos Aires 2018 – is a range of international sports, cultural and educational events that will run between 6 and 18 October. It will be the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held outside Eurasia, and also the first in the southern and western hemispheres.
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