Hockey coach cleared of racism charges

The national coach for the U16 girls' hockey team, Maryke Short has been cleared of racism accusations, following a complaint laid by Ruth Herunga on racial discrimination against her daughter this year.


Short was cleared by the Namibia Sports Commission after an investigation was launched based on the allegation leveled against the coach and management of Namibia Hockey Union in applying purported discriminatory practices regarding the selecting of under 16 girls national team for hockey, chief administrator of NSC, Freddy Mwiya said at a press conference yesterday.


“Following this protest my office established a committee to conduct a formal investigation into the matter and proposed that the investigation be independent of the NSC. The investigation committee made findings to the NSC and took action on the evidence gathered.”

“We wish to announce to the media houses that there has not been a statement, written or oral, of racism towards any player, the coach or executives run hockey in the country suggest that there is a technical challenge with the governance issue that we as NSC will need to support them in the future,” Mwiya said.


He added that although there are elements of hockey doing well as a sports code, there is much-needed improvement within the administration to avoid similar claims in future as it is with other sports codes that are predominantly one race or tribe oriented in management or in a team.

“NSC has taken action by informing the Namibia Hockey Union to cancel the under 16 national team and a new team to be composed following proper procedure and that is of inclusive in nature to represent Namibia as a country,” he said.