A year of extra financial needs
14 January 2021 | Sports
Namibia's sport fraternity now needs the corporate sector's support more than ever before, says Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya.
Sport codes have always relied on financial aid from companies and the government.
Associations and federations have continued to plead with potential sponsors for sponsorship over the years. Some of corporate companies have heard their cries and sponsored events and sport codes.
Mwiya lauded all the companies that remain committed towards sport but cautioned that they might be required to provide more given the current situation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosting of sport events now costs more, given the precautions that have to be taken to guard against the virus.
This means that athletes require testing, sanitising and facilities will need constant disinfecting.
“As a country we will need to adjust to the new normal because I believe we were all taken by surprise last year when the pandemic hit.
“We are now however living in the new normal and we just have to adjust to that.
“That is why it is important to note that sport associations and federations, including clubs, will need the corporates more than ever because of the cost that will come with hosting events in the midst of the pandemic,” Mwiya said.
Mwiya believes that the only way sport in Namibia can continue during these trying times is if funds are made available specifically for coronavirus-related matters when hosting an event.
He urges corporate Namibia to add extra funds to their sponsorships whenever they sponsor an event or association.
“We know it is not also easy for corporate companies during these times and their budgets are tight.
“People in the sport fraternity will however appreciate and remember the efforts of those companies that will continue keeping the dreams of many athletes alive by committing towards helping out,” Mwiya noted.
The chief administrator admitted that the country and some sport codes will struggle to host activities because they might not have the capacity during the pandemic. He encouraged all those in the sport fraternity to continue working hard in ensuring that sport events are hosted in Namibia despite the challenges. “Yes, we lack capacity but that should not be an excuse for us not to do anything about it. “I want everyone in the fraternity to remain positive because things will eventually change for the better.”