There are many people in sport federations who do commendable work. But unfortunately for every good example, there is a black sheep.
Being part of a federation, particularly if you’re the PRO, you have a job just like everyone else. It may not always be enjoyable, but it is a job none the less. And it has to be done.
I’m not going to name any names here as I don’t think that benefits anyone, but someone being responsible for answering media in a sport federation and choosing not to take their job seriously also affects other people’s jobs. In my case, the reporter seeking answers to particular questions.
And in the last month I have had the displeasure of having to deal with a couple of very unprofessional PROs of sport federations.
Look, we understand the plight of sport in Namibia. Most sport codes here don’t get a lot of money from the Sport Commission and for many, being a PRO for whatever federation is only a part time thing and they have another job that puts the food on the table. However, that is not an excuse to take months to answer simple questions. No one is forced to any position. In the beginning when you accepted the job, I’m sure your responsibilities were clear, and I am sure it cannot be that hard to do them. As I’m starting to sound too vague, let me give you one example of what I have to deal with. After sending questions to one of the sport federations regarding their upcoming event, I received the answers days later in Afrikaans! The person who responded seemed upset that I did not use their answers and that I got what I needed from the president of the federation, who was kind enough to answer me on the phone. But then, this person proceeded to tell me to never contact the president again because he is way too busy.
Now whether or not this federation hierarchy, one of connections formed because of their lack of melanin, has been able to sustain itself without funds from government is beside the point. They still get something and they are still a public organisation.
Sport, whichever kind, despite what some people may like to think does not belong to one type of people, and it is still their obligation to answer us and subsequently answer the public when called upon.