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New Era Newspaper Wednesday November 29, 2017

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  • Windhoek
  • Namibia
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NEW ERA | Wednesday, November 29 2017 Fifa won’t tolerate racism at Russia’s World Cup, Infantino warns Page 22 Third Long Course Gala concludes Page 23 SPORT Deeply concerned... Ombudsman John Walters. Investigate racism and tribalism in sport – Ombudsman All is not well... The Ombudsman’s Cricket Namibia (CN) as one of the federations that has failed to embrace the importance of transformation in sport. Photos: Nampa WINDHOEK The Office of O m b u d s m a n has advised the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) to instruct the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) to launch an investigation into alleged racism and tribalism in local sport. In a report compiled by the Office of the Ombudsman and launched last week, the Ombudsman, John Walters, also proposed that the MSYNS investigate the NSC’s failure to execute its statutory duties with regards to the awarding of national colours and the selection of national teams. The recommendations from public hearings that were held countrywide by the Ombudsman to establish the level of discrimination in Namibia. According to the report, the oral and written submissions a t the hearings revealed shocking expressions, opinions and allegations of racism in sports. During the hearings, the opinion was expressed that there is failure in rugby to promote diversity in selection of representative the claims with records of national team at world cups where a squad of 30 players included only eight people of colour in 1999, six in 2003, ten in 2007, 11 in 2011, eight in 2015 and ten in 2017. This allegedly also applies to the selection of the management teams that accompany the national team. The report also made reference to sports such as hockey and cricket, with allegations from the hearings suggesting that athletes of colour selected in these sports to represent the country are often made to feel like they are only there because of their race and not on merit. The report further posits that school sports do not fare any better in terms of curbing discrimination. Walters therefore advised the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) to promote diversity when selecting representative national school teams and educate the children through sports practiced without racism and discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires human understanding, tolerance, fair play and solidarity. The Ombudsman also requested a detailed report from MSYNS and MoEAC on measures being taken by the two ministries to implement his office’s recommendations within six months of receiving their report. – Nampa

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