12 May 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) on Saturday held its inaugural Regional Chairpersons Forum at the Namibia Football Association Girls Centre.
The forum was held to discuss various issues including the terms of reference for the chairpersons, last years National Youth Games and their expectations in preparation for teams for the 2019 Regional Games and financial obligations.
Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero officially opened the event, and called on the regional chairpersons to work together in developing sports at regional level.
We have in the past received complaints from the regions that there is a lack of inclusivity in sports, especially at constituency and regional level. I therefore call upon you and the regional sports officers to use this initiative to rally the masses and support sports development, she said.
She added that there is need to for collaboration between the ministry and key regional stakeholders such as governors, regional and town councils, as well as local business owners.
This, she said, would ensure that sports development, in terms of maintenance of sport facilities through public private partnerships, takes place as proven in Swakopmund and the elsewhere in the world.
Tjongarero added that regional business owners need to support their respective regions as they prepare for the 2019 Regional Youth Games, scheduled for December.
Meanwhile, NSC Chief Administrator, Fred Simataa Mwiya, said the forum made several resolutions at the end of the meeting.
We agreed on a number of resolutions and these include that the 2019 Regional Youth Games host will be Swakopmund from 05 to 07 December. We will also adjust the terms of reference of our regional chairpersons to ensure that all stakeholders are involved, Mwiya said.
The forum also tabled the proposal to host the 2019 sports awards, with the final region selected to host these awards to be announced in the near future.
Mwiya added that they also resolved that all the regions would host their individual regional awards before October 2019.
We also added four more sporting codes to the regional games namely rugby, hockey, karate and wrestling to the already existing football, netball, volleyball, basketball, athletics, para-athletics, boxing, swimming, judo and gymnastics, he explained.