Sports Expo gets N.dollars 300 000 shot in the arm

20 Aug 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibia Sports Expo on Tuesday received a timely boost when the Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) donated an amount of N.dollars 300 000.00 to the event scheduled to take place during the first week of September.
During the handover ceremony in the capital on Tuesday, Ohlthaver &List, (the holding company of NBL) Corporate Communications Manager, Roux-Che Locke said O&L and NBL recognised the opportunity to be involved in sports as it brings people together and celebrates oneness.
“We are very excited to come on board as the main sponsor to this event. We want to call on the rest of corporate Namibia and Namibians at large to support initiatives like this because they enhance lives of not only the athletes, but the entire country,” she said.
Locke added that the sponsorship will help cover the activities that will take place on the day, saying they are committed to the success of the event as they embark on making the dream of professionalising sports come true.
In accepting the sponsorship, Joel Mathews, the chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission said such support is needed in Namibia as it fosters development and progress.
“We applaud such kind of support as it ensures that the first-ever Namibian Sports Expo will become a reality. After the Expo, we will look at professionalising sport and this will help create employment and fight poverty,” he said.
He added that the expo will also help sports, together with other sectors like the construction, health, and tourism industries for example.
“You will see many exhibitors from various sectors coming to showcase how they are aligned to sports. This is when these industries will help us professionalise sports. This can be done if sports can generate finances by itself and stop depending on government,” he explained.
The expo will be held from 4 to 7 September at the Independence and Hage Geingob stadiums, where local and international exhibitors are expected to participate.
Several other sporting activities such as a seven-a-side tournament and a fun run/walk will be launched during the expo.