29 Apr 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) issued a warning to sports federations that are against transformation in sports, announcing that tougher measures will be taken against those who are resistant.
Speaking at a press conference in Windhoek on Monday, chief administrator of the NSC Freddy Mwiya said there are some Namibians who still need to embrace change.
My office has been receiving calls from members of the public and media houses complaining about inclusivity and transformation in Namibian sports. We still have federations that do window dressing as if there is transformation, but yet this is not the case, said Mwiya.
He added that in 2017, the Office of the Ombudsman released a report titled A nation divided, why do racism and other forms of discrimination still persist after 27 years of Namibias independence?.
The report revealed shocking expressions, opinions and allegations of the persistent discrimination and lack of inclusivity in sport as well, said Mwiya.
The number of complaints reaching his office have reached alarming numbers, hence the need to take action, he stressed.
He however admitted that there is improvement by some federations, while others were falling behind when it came to gender and demographic inclusivity, which is hindering transformation and development of sport in Namibia.
Some teams use financial means and social status to position players when it comes to team selection as an instrument of discrimination. Others shortlist people of colour onto the team just as a window dressing act, without giving these players game time, Mwiya explained.
He said should the federations not change their ways, NSC will be left with no choice but to lobby lawmakers to include quotas, even though this was not the best option.
Namibians are being shut out on account of institutionalised discrimination. Inclusivity must be embraced by all if we are to see changes and improved national team performances, he said.
Mwiya called on federations to embrace transformation by identifying and nurturing talent from a young age by attracting players of colour and those from disadvantaged communities.
Talented players must be given equal opportunities across the country based on merit and not based on affordability or discrimination, he concluded.