'Move away from bush administration' - Mwiya

01 June 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa


Priority sports codes received a welcome boost after the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) renovated offices at the Katutura Youth Complex.

The NSC spent close to N$100 000 to ensure that the sport codes are able to operate in conducive offices.

Chief administrator Freddy Mwiya yesterday announced that about eight offices are 90% ready for use.

Athletics, netball, boxing, wrestling, cycling and development sport such as dance and chess are among those expected to benefit from the renovations.

“We also invite to any other sport codes that would like to acquire offices at the youth complex to reach out to our office,” he said.

Bush administration

“This initiative will help those who have been struggling to operate because of a lack of proper places.

“It is time we move away from bush administration and make sure that sport codes are in good places.

“It is our job to make sure that these sport codes have furniture and copy machines which they can use for their operations,” Mwiya said.

Other codes like para-sport already have offices at the NSC building. The renovations by the NSC were to ensure that priority sport codes do not feel neglected.

Hopes for funding increment

The sports ministry received a N$306.8 million budget compared to the N$286 million they received in the 2018/19 financial year.

“We do not know how much will be allocated to the sport commission but my hope is that it will be more in order for us to increase funding towards sport federations.

“We do not plan on just giving fixed figures, but we hope to give more in terms of preparation funds and also travelling money,” Mwiya said.

“The priority sport codes will obviously be first in line and are going to benefit more from our funding,” he added.