29 Nov 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) The 2016 Annual John Arnold Sports Festival was launched in Windhoek on Tuesday, with organisers promising a bigger and better event this year.
Speaking at the media and sponsors launch event, chairperson of the organisers, Lot Ndamanomhata, said the event will once again be held at Omatako from 02 to 04 December.
The sports festival is hosted in honour of the late Chief John Arnold to recognise the great work he rendered during his leadership, he said.
The event will feature football, netball and horse racing. Cash prizes, floating trophies and medals will be handed over to the winners.
The winning football team will receive N.dollars 5 000, while the runners up will get N.dollars 3 500 and the third placed team gets N.dollars 2 000.
In the netball category, the winners will get N.dollars 3 000, runners up N.dollars 2 000 and the third-placed team N.dollars 1 000.
In horse racing, the winners will receive N.dollars 1 000, while runners up will get N.dollars 700 and the third team will get N.dollars 500.
The festival is organised by the !Kung Traditional Authority with a local organising committee.
The objectives of the sports festival is to promote unity, diversity and friendship amongst communities within the constituency, as well as raising awareness of sports in the community.
We also want to encourage youths to live a healthy lifestyle and to honour the late chief for the work he did for his people. Sports in terms of community development is crucial as it has the power to bring change in the world, added Ndamanomhata.
The chief died in a car accident in July 2012.
This will be the third successive sports festival held at Omatako in the Tsumkwe Constituency.
In football, African Stars will be bidding to win the trophy for the third time in a row while in netball, Young Stars and M'kata will be vying to win the tournament for the second time following their success in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Horse racing debuted at the festival last year.
Various sponsors have come on board to support the initiative. The Uumkumwe Youth Empowerment and Consortium contributed N.dollars 50 000 and Comapasatu donated N.dollars 30 000. NamPower donated equipment worth N.dollars 10 000.