02 Aug 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Cabinet has approved the categorisation of sports codes by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
The 11th Cabinet session took place in Windhoek on Tuesday, when Cabinet endorsed the proposals by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) through the ministry.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa told members of the media here on Thursday, the sports codes will be divided into three categories; national sports codes, priority sports codes and development sports codes.
This process started some time ago with various consultations taking place. Given the fact that we have 53 sporting codes in the country and all depend on the allocation from government through the ministry, we felt there was a need to categorise these codes, he explained.
Football, netball and rugby are the three national sports codes, while athletics, Paralympics, boxing and wrestling will fall under priority sports.
Cricket, basketball, gymnastics, and the rest of the sports codes will fall under development sports codes.
Simataa said resources will be distributed accordingly as the country can no longer continue with the shotgun approach when allocating financial resources to sports.
He further called on corporate entities operating in Namibia to meet government halfway in the development of sports.
We have said to the private sector, come on board and invest in sport as it is in their interest to invest in the nation being competitive. Government funding is inadequate, he said.
Simataa added that the allocation of resources will be done on a sliding scale according to the categories of the various codes.
The minister said he was not privy to how the allocation will work as only the sport ministry and NSC had the details.
NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Simataa Mwiya however said he had not received official communication from the ministry and could not comment.
The categorisation is for 2018 to 2022.