Racism and tribalism in sport
I was recently surprised to hear the president of the Namibia Rugby Union Bradley Basson make remarks about racism in local rugby during the under-19 capping ceremony.
He said players should honour their national colours, not based on their colour of skin but as a team.
Basson should have also touched on tribalism among black rugby players in this country.
Basters, coloureds and blacks are not good friends on or off the pitch. Let’s face the reality.
Personally, I think we should first get away with tribalism among black players and then deal with the issue of racism because as long tribalism exists, racism will remain with us for a long time.
There was also a time when MTC spokesman, Tim Ekandjo, called for a quota system in cricket. MTC sponsors cricket.
Ekandjo said they wanted to see more black players drafted into the national team. MTC did, however, not call for a similar move in boxing or football.
Only relegated football club, SKW, had more white players in their ranks.
The other clubs are dominated by black players.
Are we saying white players cannot play football? Or is it that those clubs do not have the cash to pay them? I doubt that.
Today, we do not have a single white or coloured boxer in Namibia, yet we cry over equal representation in other sport codes that we have dubbed the "white men’s games".
Racism can only be stopped once children are taught [by their parents at home] how to treat others as their equals irrespective of their race, colour and/or status.
Let us not point fingers only to one skin colour. There are black and white racists.
To chart the way forward, all administrators, coaches and promoters must get together to set proper grounds than use the media to express their racial sentiments.
Racism in, for example, football in Europe is punishable. Do not also forget there are courts in Namibia that deal with such acts.
The column is purely based on the writers’ views