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National Sports Conference not until 2013

Sun, 9 September 2012 19:13
by John Tuerijama

The long-awaited national sports conference that has been already postponed twice this year and eventually given the blessing by the Cabinet, will not take place any time soon.
The conference, initiated by the Directorate of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture in conjunction with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), is expected to be graced by the presence of local and international sports experts to re-evaluate the standard of sports in the country and where the country’s sport administrators have gone wrong thus far.
Now that the  London Olympic Games and its sister sporting event; the Paralympic Games, have come and gone, it is time to re-assess the country’s strengths and weaknesses but that platform will definitely not see the light of day this year.
NSC’s acting chief administrator, Walter Haseb and the National Sport Conference Steering Committee chairman told V-Sports that due to some logistical problems, the involved stakeholders have to start the planning process all over again.
“We have to look at the different reports, especially those from the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in order to study them carefully and re-send invitations to the different sports experts,” said Haseb adding that although Cabinet has approved the hosting of such an important conference in principle, more needs to be done to successfully host an event of such magnitude as it has to chart the way forward and eventually come up with a ‘blueprint’ for local sports.
“The sports federations have an important role to play in formulating the agenda including the corporate world that is an important partner in the development of sports. The conference will definitely give the nation an opportunity to seriously address the deplorable state in which our sports are,” he stressed.
The NSC has over 50 sport code affiliates and only a handful are active while the rest get grants that are meant for sports development but the truth is that they (sport codes), in most cases, fail to account for or submit audited financial reports.
“I do not know when exactly the conference will take place next year but I can tell you now that it is certainly not this year,” he said.