No money for Afcon, Rugby World Cup: Uutoni

25 Apr 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - The funds allocated to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for the 2019/20 financial year will not be sufficient for Namibia to participate in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) or Rugby World Cup.
This was according to Sport, Youth and National Service Minister Erastus Uutoni during his budget motivation speech in the National Assembly on Thursday.
Uutoni said the ministry's N.dollars 285,9 million allocation did not make considerations for the planned international programmes Namibia is participating in this year.
He revealed that, in addition to Afcon and the Rugby World Cup, Namibia is set to participate in various categories at the 2020 Summer Olympics and 2020 Paralympic Games.
Uutoni said there have been steep cuts to the ministry’s budget allocation on both operational and development level and no budgetary considerations have been made to prepare the teams for these international competitions. Capital injection is required, the minister said.
“It is imperative for Namibia to participate in these activities. Failure to participate will result in penalties that are normally higher than the participation costs,” he said.
In an interview with Nampa, Uutoni said preparation for the competitions is as important as the events themselves and players and coaches need logistical support, accommodation, food and many other things to perform well.
“Even if I would want to say I need more money there is nothing I can do because the problem is the slowdown of the economy,” he said.