29 Aug 2019 14:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA) will not only reward excellence, but will also promote sports as a tool to unite the country, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said Wednesday.
Launching the 2019 NASA on the side-lines of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair here on Wednesday, Uutoni said the event can be used as a catalyst for sustainable development.
Sport has become a big business all over the world as it continues to directly contribute to the global economy and Gross Domestic Product, he said.
The minister said the sports industry has emerged as a rapidly growing industry stimulating growth of other downstream industries such as tourism, food and beverages, transport, telecommunications and manufacturing.
It is therefore befitting that as we celebrate and launch the 2019 NASA, we all cast our imaginations on the Namibia we want, he said.
Uutoni went on to say Namibian youth need to be inspired to embrace a sense of belonging to their motherland, adding that the nation can only expect the best from its athletes if they are supported.
Governor of the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari, on his part stressed that his region is ready to host NASA for the first time ever and pledged to work with all key stakeholders involved in the event.
Tonight, as we launch the NASA 2019, we acknowledge and rally behind the Namibia Sports Commission in their quest to reward our athletes under the theme Celebrate Sporting Excellence, he told those in attendance.
The 2019 NASA will this year be held at the Ondangwa Trade and Exhibition Centre on 26 October.