16 May 2019 18:40pm
RUNDU, 16 MAY (NAMPA) The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service plans to introduce the Namibia Excellence Sports Academy (NESA) in order to give opportunities to young and upcoming athletes from poor backgrounds to become top athletes.
This was announced by Director of Sports Edelberth Sivute Katamba during a recent visit to the Kavango East Region, who said the ministry is busy finalising the documentation for its implementation.
Katamba said the programme aims to develop sports academies in the regions that will be used to train young upcoming talents mostly in the track and field category.
He added that even though the programme did not receive the desired budget, the ministry will continue with its implementation with the limited funds available.
When we identify talents, we have to put them in an institution in the regions at regional level with trained expertise such as referees, coaches, nutritionists who will look after the identified athletes that will be nurtured at the identified government institution under NESA, explained Katamba.
So far, the ministry has identified certain schools such as the Grootfontein Agri-College in the Otjozondjupa Region whose principal, Henk Botha, was approached by the ministry to discuss his schools involvement in the programme.
In Kavango East, the Ekongoro Cultural Centre has been identified as one of the suitable places that will be transformed into a sports academy.
The sport director stressed that the country has lost a lot of young talented athletes in the past, from mostly poor backgrounds by not taking care of them in terms of putting them in institutions that can look after them and guide them to become self-responsible and top athletes.
The government will not sit and watch from the sides, its involvement in sports would create opportunities for the Namibian child starting from school level up to an international level, Katamba noted.