NRU and rugby clubs smoke peace pipe

22 Feb 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) and a ‘concerned group’ of rugby clubs have finally settled their differences after three years of infighting.
The conflict, which included accusations of maladministration, condoning of discriminatory practices, and lack of funding for domestic competitions by the NRU dates back to November 2014.
The concerned group include premier league and lower division clubs: Western Suburbs, Falcons, UNAM, Reho Falcon, Kudus, Nust, Keetmanshoop, Panda's, Rehoboth, and Dolphins.
A meeting between the two parties was held on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
A joint statement by the NRU and the rugby clubs issued on Tuesday stated that it was deemed necessary for the two parties to engage each other for the interest of rugby.
“National interest and the consideration of our athletes’ future were the two most important factors that moved the representatives to engage each other in good faith,” reads the statement.
It also pointed at a lack of proper communication between stakeholders as key contributing factor, resulted in this prolonged stalemate between the parties.
“It was agreed that the concerned group will inform the Namibia Sports Commission that the complaints lodged are withdrawn and that no further action is required in respect of the said complaints,” reads the statement.
It was further agreed that all club chairpersons form a council as custodians of rugby in Namibia, acknowledge their role and responsibilities within the framework of the constitution and policy of the NRU and abide by them.
“The board acknowledged their collective responsibility and accountability towards the council in running rugby,” it reads.
The board, along with the council, should put corrective measures in place to address all issues of concern and to prevent any circumstances that may give rise to similar unpleasant situations.
It further states that the NRU constitution, policy manual as well as rules and regulations are in need of reform. The parties should also continuously ensure that policies relating to financial controls are strictly adhered too.
“The board should show its commitment to enforce zero tolerance for any form of racism, discrimination, nepotism, victimisation and other ill-founded practices,” the statement said.