TISAN Games of high standard: Jeffery

14 Oct 2013 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT NAMPA - The Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN)’s volleyball and women’s football teams took top honours during the Tertiary Institutes’ Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) Games here over the weekend.
About 800 students from tertiary institutions across the country participated in this annual event, staged at the sports stadiums of the University of Namibia (Unam) in Pionierspark and Khomasdal.
PoN won the women’s and men’s volleyball competitions, with Unam and the International University of Management (IUM) ending second, respectively.
The Poly students also won the women’s football games, beating the National Youth Service team in the final.
The men’s football competition was won by the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre (OVTC), with Unam in second place.
Unam's women’s netball team came out tops, followed by the PoN.
TISAN president Werner Jeffery told Nampa after the event that he was impressed with the high standard of competition.
“But is it was not all glory, because the kitchen, dining and accommodation facilities were not up to standard,” Jeffery said, but quickly added that they managed to overcome those obstacles fast.
He noted that the TISAN trials will start soon to select the top Namibian teams to represent TISAN in the Confederation of University and College Sports’ Associations (CUCSA) in July next year in a country yet to be announced.
Jeffery said it could be either Lesotho or Swaziland.
Meanwhile, Jeffery was summoned to Parliament on Tuesday to inform the House about grassroots sports in Namibia.
Asked what he will be speaking about, he said would like to see sports and physical education back in schools and high performance centres in the country, accompanied by proper programmes to roll it out.
“We cannot hope for high performance centers and we do not have coaches, doctors and everything else in place,” he said.
Jeffery said it is not necessary for a building just yet, because the country could implement high performance projects with qualified sports coaches so long.
“Such projects must be thoroughly investigated, and must be done right from the beginning,” he stressed.
The initiative to go to parliament, Jeffery said, came from Agnes Tjongarero, a Member of Parliament, and president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee.