Inaugural Namibian Annual Sports Expo launched

15 Mar 2019 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) – The inaugural National Sport Expo was launched in the capital on Thursday evening, with a number of companies and individuals making pledges towards its organisation.
The expo, which is aimed at bringing unity to the sports fraternity, will be held in September 2019.
During the launch Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni was announced as the patron of the sport expo.
Uutoni told those gathered for the launch that the expo is aimed at bringing people together while at the same time fostering relationships.
“During this expo, we would like to focus on a number of things like physical education that is really not being practised in our schools, nutrition for sports men and women, as well tourism, which can contribute magnificently to our economy if we start hosting a lot of sports events in our country,” he said.
Uutoni further called on other members of Parliament to support the idea of the sports expo as well as the sports museum when it is tabled in a few months’ time.
Speaking at the same occasion, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongwela-Amadhila said the Namibian sports sector employs about 15,000 people, therefore the idea of this sport expo should be supported.
“The expo seeks to bring together government leadership, sports administrators, corporates and athletes to look into opportunities and policies for the development and financial sustainability of sports in Namibia,” she said.
Kuugongwela-Amadhila added that government is hard at work in improving the governance aspect of sports and various sports codes.
“It must be noted that without a proper governance structures, it will be difficult for codes to progress at the level we expect them to. As we all know, the sport sector has employed players, administrators, manufacturers of sport gear and various service providers within the local sports fraternity,” she said.
The Premier stated that the sport sector is acknowledged globally to have greater economic potential and is being promoted to encourage social cohesion, create employment and alleviate poverty and reduce crime, but in Namibia, however, the sector continues to lag behind in many respects as its contribution to the country’s GDP is still well below its potential.