19 Sep 2019 10:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - The fourth Edition of the Erongo Regional Law Enforcement Sports Championships kicked off here on Wednesday.
The games which are expected to end on Saturday include sports codes such as soccer, netball, volleyball, athletics and darts and is hosted by the region's Correctional Services this year, with the aim to curb the increasing gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
Launching the games, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua in a speech delivered on his behalf, applauded the good work done by law enforcement agencies in curbing and combating crime in the region.
A safe and law-abiding community benefits everyone and everybody has a responsibility to work towards making our communities safer and to achieve this all agencies in the sector need to work closely together, he explained.
He noted that sports is also about trust and responsibility towards players teammates and about dealing with the successes as well as the failures that may arise.
Sports also assists us to learn how to deal with pressure and the need to continue training in order to improve, he said.
Good governance, nation-building, community awareness and gender equality are also significant benefits of sporting activities and is therefore advisable to part take, Mutjavikua added.
Patron for the games Claudia Lofty-Eaton said the armed forces and the broader Namibian community need to support and protect basic human rights and in particular those of women and children.
Women in our society are our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, but recent events have shown that some in our communities treat them badly, she stressed.
She expressed her disappointment in the notion that the battle against crime and GBV should only be handled by law enforcers alone.
You cannot fight and solve crime by solely depending on the police and justice system alone and we should therefore all join the fight to curb these evils, she noted.
The championships kicked off with a soccer match between the Namibian Air Force and the Correctional Services, during which a 3-0 score was recorded at full time.