19 Sep 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) The 2016 Regional Councils Sport Tournament kicked off at the Independence Stadium in the capital on Monday, with 12 of the 14 regions present.
The Oshikoto and Omusati regions did not send teams.
The games aim to promote wellness, physical activity, team building and interaction between regional council employees.
Participants will compete in football; netball; tug of war; volleyball; and track and field from Monday until Friday.
There will also be musical entertainment.
In a speech read on her behalf, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa said wellness programmes have become a part of human capital and human resource management in organisations.
It focuses on promoting the physical wellbeing of employees as a way of higher productivity among employees. As the line ministry, we will support you to ensure that regional councils make it their mission to have an integrated wellness culture.
In her welcoming remarks, Khomas Regional Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua said sport and tough competition within the spirit of fair play prepares one well for many challenges in life.
I hope that besides being accomplished professionals in your different careers already, you will all keep sport as part of your lives as you grow older and as part of wellness programmes and a healthy lifestyle.
The games began as a limited competition between a few regions in the Khomas during 2014 and the second edition was held in the Zambezi Region last year.
The Zambezi Region will host the games again next year following a lottery draw conducted during the official opening ceremony.
Kavango West was also drawn as the stand-by host in case Zambezi is not ready in time.