Chief Arnold Sports Festival on this weekend

01 Dec 2015 10:30am


The second edition of the Chief John Arnold Annual Sports Festival will be hosted in Tsumkwe this coming weekend. Chief John Arnold of the !Kung Traditional Authority died in an accident in July 2012.

The aim of the tournament is to honour and recognise the work carried out by the chief whilst at the helm of the !Kung Traditional Authority. This year's tournament will be hosted under the theme 'Empowering Youth Through Sports'.

The Omatako village in the Otjozondjupa Region's Tsumkwe constituency, which hosted the maiden edition in 2014, will again host this year's tournament. Four sport codes - football, netball, volleyball and horse racing - form part of the tournament. This year's event will be hosted from Friday to Sunday.

Speaking to the media on Monday, organising committee chairperson Lot Ndamanomhata said the aim of the tournament is to reach out to the less marginalised communities and promote unity and friendship amongst the various communities within the Tsumkwe constituencies.

"We are really excited to be hosting our second edition of the Chief John Arnold sports festival. This year we have more sponsors on board and we are hoping to stage a better tournament than we did last year. We want to move sports out of the capital and find another place where people can engage in sport as one," said Ndamanomhata.

He added that they chose Tsumkwe because of the great legacy left by the late chief Arnold, and would like future generations to continue on the foundation that was laid for them.

Uukumwe Youth Empowerment Consortium is sponsoring the tournament with N.dollars 50 000; Camoposatu Investment with N.dollars 30 000; the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund with N.dollars 20 000; and local company, Monasa with N.dollars 6 000. Another local company, Oluzizi, is providing T-shirts and mineral water, while the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service is providing transport, balls for the games and T-shirts.

Twelve football teams and six netball teams have so far registered for the event. (NAMPA) HK/CT/AS