18 Apr 2016 13:30pm
OSHAKATI, 18 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Local Authorities Sport and Recreation Association (NALASRA) Games will be held in northern Namibia for the first time this year.
The Oshakati Town Council emerged as the winner in the bid to host the tournament, the town councils corporate communications officer, Jackson Muma told Nampa in an interview on Monday.
The first NALASRA Games were held in 2009 and the City of Windhoek emerged the champions last year.
The tournament will take place from 09 to 13 May at various venues in an around Oshakati, including the Oshakati Independence Stadium; Embandu Sports Stadium; Oshakati Multi-Purpose Youth Centre; the Jose Edwardo dos Santos Campus of the University of Namibia at Ongwediva and the Mweshipandeka High School sports field.
The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa is expected to officially open the games on 09 May, Muma said.
All 57 local authorities in Namibia are expected to participate in various sports codes such as football, netball, volleyball, tug-of-war, marathon, a fun walk, ring board, tennis, pool table, darts and owela during the tournament.
NALASRA was established in May 2008 in Okahandja with the aim to bring Namibian local authority employees together, to network and share experiences.
In 2009, the first games were held in Otjiwarongo with about 18 NALASRA subscribed local authorities participating, Muma explained.
He noted that Oshakati will be the first northern town council to host the tournament in the north-central regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
This is an opportunity for local economic development where local businesses will tap in to benefit. Therefore, hospitality establishments, restaurants and small and medium enterprises are urged to capitalise on this golden business opportunity, Muma said.
The official closing of the event is slated for 13 May.