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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 8, 2018

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NEW ERA | Thursday, March 8 2018 Splashing cash not enough for PSG Page 20 Black Africa sink UNAM to keep Stars on their toes Page 23 SPORT NSC launches National Youth Games Courtesy visit… Members of the Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) yesterday paid President Hage Geingob a courtesy visit at State House, where they briefed him about their boxing activities and various outreach campaigns that are aimed at contributing to the social and economic upliftment of Namibians. From left, SBA executive chairman Kiriat Kamanya, President Hage Geingob and Namibia’s WBC international super bantamweight champion, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, seen here handing a portrait of Ambunda’s boxing gloves to President Geingob as a gift. Photo: Emmency Nuukala WINDHOEK The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) on Wednesday launched the which are scheduled to take place from May 9 to 12 in Windhoek. Speaking at the launch, NSC chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya, said the games will be used to select a Namibian Under-20 team that will represent the country at the Zone in December. Nine sporting disciplines out of the 57 sport codes in Namibia will make up the competition, with regions asked to register their teams by April 11. These are football (male and female); netball (female); basketball (male and female); volleyball (male and female); tennis (male and female); judo (male and female); athletics (para and able-bodied for male and female); swimming (male and female) and boxing (males only). Mwiya said the number of sports categories will increase as the competition grows in strength. the 10th discipline, but due to an international competition on the same dates as the national games, they had to withdraw it for this year’s games. “The idea of the games has been a long time coming but last year the board decided we indeed need to have these games. All 14 regions will participate,” Mwiya said. He added that in order to produce elite athletes for the country, youth sports development cannot be compromised. He went on to say as much as government funding is a challenge, the NSC will not use it as an excuse for not developing sport, hence the decision to source sponsorship from the private sector to fund the event. The NSC chief said the current leadership at the organisation has proved that they are capable of good governance, hence the decision to engage the corporate world. NSC chairperson Joel Mathews, meanwhile, said regional governors pledged support for the games in terms of all logistical arrangements during the regional trials. “For the last two decades we have excelled in sport on the international arena, so today we are dedicating ourselves to greater strides and we aim to make sport in Namibia the most sought-after industry that creates opportunities for all Namibians,” he said. The games will be held under the theme ‘Creating opportunities for all Namibians in sports without fear or favour.’ – Nampa Sports ministry budget slashed by N million Uncertain times… The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has been allocated N8 million for the is a N million slash when compared to the N5 million the ministry … gloomy days ahead for sports sector Otniel Hembapu Windhoek It appears that the Namibian sports fraternity will have to brace itself for another rockstrewn sporting year after it was announced that the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has been allocated N8 million year, which is a N million budget cut when compared to the N5 million the ministry year. yesterday in the National Assembly during Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein’s tabling of the N.4 billion national budget Last year the national budget was N.5 billion. From the N8 million for the million will be channelled towards sports promotion and support, which will include creating a conducive sporting environment for Namibian athletes, preparation and participation of various national teams, grassroots sport development, and provision and maintenance of sports facilities. The ministry has earmarked N.6 million for youth development programmes and projects, while a massive N8 million will go towards the ministry’s policy coordination and support services. The latest budget allocation is again a clear indication that the local sports fraternity still has a long way to go and a lot to do to carve itself a place within the government’s priority list, as it somewhat appears the country’s politicians are still struggling to realise the enormous ability and power sport has to directly uplift the country’s least educated y o u t h , while it could equally accord them a p l a t f o r m t o become active participants in Namibia’s economic activities. Photo: Nampa

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