Sports federations should seek blessings from NSC: Mwiya

21 Jul 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – Chief Administrator at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), Simataa Freddy Mwiya said athletes from sports codes who do not approach their office when going for competitions outside the country will not be considered for the annual Namibia Sports Awards.
Speaking during a capping ceremony in the capital on Friday, Mwiya emphasised that sports federations must get blessings from the NSC office, as it is a constitutional requirement.
“It is an Act of Parliament that requires athletes and their federations to notify us and seek our blessings before going to compete outside the country. This helps us to award you colours,” he explained.
Mwiya said as soon as the colours are awarded, they can then contact host countries and clubs to notify them that a team representing Namibia would be going there.
The NSC also contacts embassies or high commissions in countries where these athletes travel.
“If anything happens to you while you are representing Namibia, the country representatives then take over in whatever happens,” he said.
Mwiya noted that if Namibian athletes win medals outside the country, they must first present them at his office before seeking an audience with higher offices, adding they had observed athletes rushing straight to State House to present their awards, which he said was wrong.
Meanwhile, the NSC has awarded colours to Archery Association of Namibia’s Karsten Ilana and Nel Petrus Louw, who will represent Namibia at the World Games in Poland from 24 to 30 July.
At the same event, it was announced that powerlifters Sebastian Menn, Josua Bell and Marius Johannes will be participating in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Competition in Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa.
As a parting shot, Mwiya urged the athletes to represent Namibia well and embrace the spirit of fair play.