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Kavango Region to honour athletes


by John Tuerijama
Sports

The Kavango Region is one, if not the only political region, that honours its sportspersons who do well at national, regional and continental sporting competitions and this year is no exception.
Though the award ceremony did not take place last year because of lack of funds, the region is nonetheless determined to honour young lads who have done very well during the whole of last year up until end of July this year.
Member of the organising committee, Rafael Aluteni told The Villager Sport that funding is still “a thorn in the flesh” as they are hard at work sourcing for funds.
“We have, however, secured a trophy sponsorship from OTB Sports and Trophy World Company that have both agreed to sponsor the 28 trophies,” revealed Aluteni, adding that the organising committee is still awaiting response from FNB Namibia regarding the proposal submitted to the financial institution.
Aluteni said the nomination process will kick-off from the 6th of July to 3rd of August and Kavango residents are being urged to visit the office of the regional sport officer to nominate their favourite athletes.
The Kavango Regional Sports Award was founded in 2010 and apart from lack of funds; the second edition that backfired in 2011 was because of non-commitment from the office of the sports officer in the region.
The strained relationship between the organising committee and office of the sports officer led to the poor run of events, which Aluteni hopes are now things of the past.
Winning the inaugural award for the Sportsman of the Year in 2010 was amateur boxer Kasera Sirikanga while the Sportswoman of the Year  award was shared by netball players, Eveline Sikoka (Rundu Vhiefs) and Mechtilde Mupiri of Cuca Tops.
According to Aluteni, a new category; ‘Best Development Programme’ will be introduced this year. This category will be looking at the kind of sports development programmes in place while the organising committee will select three athletes for the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.