24 Apr 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) - A national sports conference officially commenced in Windhoek on Thursday.
The three-day conference, which is being hosted by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), ends on Saturday.
It seeks to address some of the problems experienced in local sports since Namibias independence in 1990.
Speaking at the opening, NSC chairperson Vivienne Katjiuongua said the conference, which is being held under the theme Creating a Winning Nation, will identify the challenges impacting on outstanding performances in sports.
It will also identify opportunities for growth in the sports fraternity, while developing strategies which will increase and enhance participation at all levels of sport.
This conferences theme speaks loudly towards enhancing sports at all levels, from grassroots participation and skills development to facility development, with a strong focus on forming strategic partnerships to alleviate obstacles faced by the sports fraternity in our country, she noted.
The conference also aims to illustrate important issues facing the sports sector, and identify amicable solutions to the needs of all sports organisations and interest groups in Namibia.
According to Katjiuongua, the NSC expects as one of the outcomes the creation of a blueprint for sports development for the next 20 years.
They also hope to make recommendations on amendments to the Sports Act of Namibia, and to form strategic partnerships which will assist the NSC in development, funding, skills training.
The conference is being attended by more than 300 delegates from different sports codes in the country, as well as delegates from South Africa and Botswana.