24 Apr 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged the national sport conference underway in Windhoek to look into adopting a sport policy based on the foundation of sports for all.
Pohamba made the statement in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo here on Wednesday, during the official opening of the conference.
The three-day national sport conference ends on Saturday.
I am informed that this conference is intended to pave the way forward for sport in Namibia. Therefore, its purpose is more than just creating a conducive environment, providing resources, facilities and scientific training, he said.
He stressed that the conference must provide a platform where sport issues can be discussed frankly and without prejudice and where policy directives can be translated into a national sport plan for the country.
This conference must ensure that the regional structures, sports federations and umbrella bodies, work closely with schools, universities, the army, the police and the correctional service structures to promote and support the growth of sport from development to high performance levels, the Head of State said, adding that if this is done, it will ensure that Namibia is competitive with regards to sport development.
Pohamba noted that Namibia has walked a journey every citizen should be proud of.
He indicated that following the countrys entrance into the global sport arena in 1990, Namibia made a bold commitment as a government to ensure that sport is a tool that would bridge the racial divide.
He stressed that tribute should be paid to those who have dedicated themselves and their sporting careers to the development of sport over the past 24 years.
Our rich sporting history saw the various codes representing our country with honour at major world and continental games. It is thus befitting to say that we indeed have a story to tell about our country and sports in general, Pohamba stated.
The Head of State however said despite the achievements by Namibian sportsmen and women, it is appropriate as a nation to take stock of where the country is coming from in the sports fraternity, where it is currently and where it hopes to be in future.