03 Sep 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 SEP (NAMPA) Organisers of the first ever Namibia Sports Expo (NASE) say preparations are at an advanced stage for the event which is scheduled for 05 to 07 September at the Independence and Hage Geingob stadiums in Windhoek.
Updating the media in Windhoek, NASE chairperson Freddy Simataa Mwiya, who is also the Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, said everything is now in place for the event.
That vision created by the sports minister (Erastus Uutoni), which we at times thought was just a story, is now a reality. We started with no funds, but we believed in corporate Namibia to help support us. We are very proud that they have come to the party, he said.
Mwiya said organising the event cost N.dollars 1.5 million and not a single cent came from the sports commissions budget.
He added that local exhibitors will dominate the expo while South Africans, Senegalese, Batswana and Egyptians will also be exhibiting at the event.
The three-day event will also feature various sports discussions by local and international participants.
Chief Executive Officer of Region Five, Stanley Mutoya will be a guest speaker at the event. We have sports professors from South Africa who will make presentations on topics ranging from medicine to racism in sports, he further explained.
Mwiya said there will be free transport from Katutura to the two stadiums and back.
There will also be various activities such as Zumba, aerobics, boot camp and yoga.
The official opening will take place on day two, with Vice President Nangolo Mbumba officially opening the event in the morning.
In the afternoon, there will be various games such as a football match between members of Parliament against the diplomatic corps.
There will also be continuous musical performances by various artists, while other sporting activities take place.
Day three will have the fun run with the minister, games between State-owned enterprises, volleyball and more football, especially seven-a-side and other sports.
The Sports Expo was established to professionalise sports in Namibia and contribute to unity in the country.
The project was approved by Cabinet in October 2018 and inaugurated by Uutoni in November 2018.