Cabinet approves annual sport expo

08 Nov 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) – Cabinet has endorsed the hosting of the first Namibia Annual Sport Expo in September 2019 as submitted by the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Services.
This was announced at a media briefing on Cabinet resolutions by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa here on Thursday.
Simataa said the exact date when the event will be taking place annually will be provided by the line minister at a later stage.
He said the aim of hosting an annual sports expo is to bring together all those who are involved in sport such as government, sponsors, athletes, businesses and ordinary people.
“People should appreciate the fact that sport is an enterprise and if Namibians handle sport correctly, as well as develop hidden sports talent, we stand a better chance to create a progressive enterprise,” he said.
Simataa added that many professional sport athletes are highly paid, which enables them to invest in other businesses and create employment, contributing to the economy of the country.
He further added that there should be interest generated countrywide in sports and as such, there is a need to professionalise some of the sports codes.
“If we specialise in some of the sports codes, it will enable steady progress in transition from amateur to professional in different sports segments,” he noted.
Simataa called on Namibians to fully participate in the expo when it takes place in order to appreciate the value of sports in its many dimensions.