Moses calls for more support

Fights on the cards

27 September 2021 | Sports



AC Boxing founder and trainer Imms Moses is calling on the corporate world to start investing more in grassroot sports development.

He said this during the launch of his upcoming boxing event called Box and Dine, which will be held on 9 October at the NamPower Conversion Centre in the capital.

This statement comes just two weeks after Namibia’s first-ever Olympic medallist, Frank Fredericks, called for improved funding for sports in order for Namibia to be competitive against at major events.

During the welcoming ceremony of Namibia’s Paralympians from Japan at the Hosea Kutako International Airport earlier this month, Fredericks said while he has tried assisting one of the athletes, Johannes Nambala, by sponsoring him with N$250 000 as preparation allowance, that was not enough.

In his speech on Tuesday, Moses said it’s only through development and investment at grassroot level that Namibia can grow as a country.

“What we are trying to do at AC Boxing is look at future prospects. We had the likes of Harry Simon, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses, Julius Indongo and Paulus Ambunda who were world champions, but who is the next prospect we can say Namibia will have as a world champion soon?” he asked.

He added that it’s always welcomed when corporate companies reward athletes, but that more still needs to be done at the grassroots, where people have identified talent but need sponsorships in helping develop it.

Development over everything

“It’s not important for corporates to pour money in big events. Money must be invested in development. Other countries have started with their preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in France. Where are we as a country?” Moses queried.

The boxing trainer said people who do sports don’t have funds, therefore corporates must stop shying away from sponsoring them.

“Most of these companies keep on saying their company focuses on this and that, forgetting that even those doing sports are also supporting them. These young boxers need to have a lot of fights to their names so that one day they will have the opportunity to fight for world titles, but without money, they will just see their careers end without getting those opportunities,” he said.