03 Aug 2016 11:00am
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) - Newly sworn in Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Board Chairperson, Joel Matheus says he is relishing the prospect of revolutionising the Namibian sport scene.
Matheus and his eight fellow board members were sworn in earlier this year with the hope of turning around the ailing sports situation in the
Sport in Namibia appears to be on a downward spiral with most national sport codes of late participating in competitions but not bringing medals back home.
In addition, only 10 athletes have qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the national senior football team, the Brave Warriors, have failed to qualify for both the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup, while the under-21 netball team finished seventh at the just-ended U-21 Netball World Cup qualifiers in Botswana.
The NSC chairperson told Nampa in an interview recently that the biggest issue currently facing Namibian sporting codes is the lack of funding.
The funding model is very difficult to determine at this moment. Recently, the government introduced the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). As a sport authority, together with our stakeholders, we can establish what opportunities lie in the HPP that can help us to generate the needed funds for sports in our country. We have put a team of experts to run the marketing arm of the NSC, and I have complete confidence that they will come up with the best model, he said.
Matheus stated that as chairperson of the NSC, he will drive the official launch of the Namibia National Sports Plan (NNSP), which was launched in April 2014.
I hope and believe that the NNSP, as developed, will be applied as the guiding tool in the development agenda of Namibian sport. Once launched, we will call all stakeholders to cooperate and communicate, as this will determine how far we will roll out this plan.
The mandate of the NSC is to administer national sport and enforce the provisions of the Namibia Sport Act, and to ensure that those provisions are not violated.
The NSC chairperson called on all Namibians to work together and implement the NNSP with pride and professionalism to turn Namibia into a winning nation.
He, however, added that commissioners would still require additional skills to enable them to execute that mandate to the expectation of stakeholders.
The new commissioners are Erica Beukes from the Namibia School Sport Union; Rudolph Haingura from the Tertiary Institutes Sport Association of Namibia; Benjamin Rebang of the Namibia Boxing Federation; Peter Wilson Disability Sport of Namibia; Adelheid Jacobs representing the Namibian Women in Sport Association; Monica Shapwa of the Namibia Football Association; Joel Mathews Namibia Volleyball Federation; Jesse Schickerling Namibia National Olympic Committee; and Thomas Mbeeli of the Namibia Rugby Union.