NRSDF calls for sport facilities in rural areas

05 Feb 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Rural Sport Development Federation (NRSDF) has called on the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service to develop sports facilities in rural areas as a matter of urgency.
The NRSDF was established in 2000 and aims to develop and promote sport in rural areas. It comprises of 21 Rural Sports Association members mainly from the Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Hardap, Erongo and Omaheke regions.
NRSDF president Benjamin Kasuto told Nampa on Tuesday that due to a lack of facilities in rural areas, most sport tournaments are then only hosted in the capitals of regions.
“Our efforts to bring sport development in rural areas are always hampered by lack of facilities and that forces us to move competitions mostly to Windhoek,” added Kasuto.
He also stated that lack of support and sponsorship from communities and local businesses are some of the factors affecting sport development.
He noted as an example that the popular annual Federation Cup competition for netball and football did not take place in 2018 due to the shortage of stadiums.
“Hosting competitions in the capital city Windhoek is costly as one has to rent a stadium and we have to compete with premier league teams in using these facilities,” he emphasised.
The NRSDF this year plans to promote different trade fairs through their events as a way of generating funds to continue developing sports in rural areas.
The federation said the ministry must come up with projects to build new and renovate existing sports facilities in rural areas.
“Most sport facilities in Opuwo, Gibeon, Okakarara, Epukiro and Aminius among many others need urgent attention and we are requesting the ministry or business community to assist,” Kasuto requested.