Sports heavily underfunded: Ekandjo

09 May 2015 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - Sport, Youth and National Services Minister Jerry Ekandjo says sports is heavily underfunded due to limited budgetary constraints.
Ekandjo made these remarks in the National Assembly on Wednesday, during his budget motivation speech.
He stated that the ministry is at an advanced stage of finalising the National Sports Plan (NSP), which will spell out programmes and activities within the sport fraternity for the next 10 years.
Ekandjo explained that the overall strategy for the plan is to strengthen effective sports administration, capacitate human resources, and to create a conducive environment for athletes to participate at the highest level, both locally and internationally.
He said expected results during the tenure of the implementation of the plan should be to create a winning sporting nation that would bring honour and pride to the country.
Moreover, the sport minister said construction, maintenance and renovation of sport facilities in the current financial year will be a focal area.
Amongst others sport facilities to receive attention from the ministry this financial year are the Windhoek Sport and Training Centre, Eenhana Sport Complex, Outapi Sport Complex, and Katima Mulilo Stadium.
Ekandjo said financial allocation to the Sports Directorate will be utilised as a mechanism towards achieving and supporting the priorities of Government.
“Those funds will be used to use sport as a medium for building social cohesion and sustainable communities, and to harness the nation-building characteristics of sports,” he said.
Ekandjo stated that an amount of N.dollars 85 607 000 has been allocated to the Sports Directorate for operational expenses.
The Sports Ministry received a budget allocation of N.dollars 507 570 000 00 in the 2015/2016 financial year.