Local authorities’ annual sport games underway at Otjiwarongo

07 May 2018 18:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – The 10th edition of the Namibia Local Authorities Sports and Recreation Association (Nalasra) Games officially kicked off at Otjiwarongo on Monday.
Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni opened the games by taking a penalty shot at the Paresis Sports Stadium.
Uutoni said the games are only meant for recreational purposes, with no awards attached to them.
A total of 705 workers from 29 local authorities including Windhoek, Swakopmund, Oshakati, Ongwediva, Walvis Bay, Tses, Omuthiya, Oshikuku, Witvlei, Katima Mulilo and Okahao are present.
Uutoni urged the local authorities from the 14 regions present to network and imitate the best practices from each other on how to accelerate municipality service delivery to the public upon their return.
“Let me also wish you peace and harmony and fair play during this year’s sports games,” he said.
The Nalasra games were launched and played in 2009 at Otjiwarongo for the first time.
Games such as football, netball, volleyball, long and short distance athletics and walking competitions are scheduled during this year’s games, which end on Friday. Otjiwarongo Mayor Bennes Haimbondi, in his welcoming remarks Monday, called on participants to take exercising and physical fitness at an individual level seriously, in order to be fit and live a healthy lifestyle.
Last year’s games were held in Rundu, Kavango East Region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge and Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Julius Neumbo and several local authority councillors from different towns attended the official opening event.