05 Mar 2014 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) is to host a three-day national sports conference in the capital next month to assess the state of sports in the country over the past 24 years.
The national conference, which will take place from 23-27 April this year, was officially launched by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC), Dr Vetumbuavi Veii here on Wednesday.
It will take place under the theme Creating a Winning Sporting Namibia, and is set to identify opportunities for growth, while also developing strategies which will increase and enhance participation at all levels of sports.
Giving the overview of the conference, the chairperson of the National Sports Conference Preparatory Committee, Ndeulipula Hamutumwa said the theme of the conference speaks towards enhancing sports at all levels.
It speaks of grassroots participation and skills development, with a strong focus on forming strategic partnerships to alleviate the obstacles, he noted.
Hamutumwa indicated that the conference aims to discuss the issues facing sports development in the country, and to identify solutions to the needs and challenges endured by all sports organisations and interest groups.
Another objective of the conference is to engage the sports leaders and partners in order to address the challenges in sports, and to identify opportunities for sports enhancement at all levels.
We also want to identify and deal with all the threats which are hampering the development of sports in this country, he added.
So far, about 10 topics have been proposed for discussion at the national conference.
Among the topics for discussion are transformations in sports, the hosting of sports events, sports funding as well as grassroots development.
According to the organisers, close to 400 participants are expected to attend.
Local sports experts will be brought to the conference, and will be given an opportunity to share their experiences during the three days.
Members from the Secretariat of the African Union (AU) which deals with changes in sports, will also be invited to the conference.
We believe that mines are making quite a lot of money in this country, so we are also going to engage them at this conference so that they can start investing in the development of sports in Namibia, stressed Hamutumwa.