Contact sport a challenge
19 January 2021 | Sports
Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya has admitted that resuming contact sport will be difficult during this period.
Speaking during the Namibia Media Holdings’ Sport Wrap show yesterday, Mwiya expressed excitement over 2021, despite the surge in coronavirus cases.
“Yes, I have to admit that it will be difficult to resume contact sport at the moment given that the pandemic is still in our midst.
“It is true that we are facing challenges this year, but we have to remain optimistic and ready to compete,” he said.
On again, off again
Countries that have already resumed sporting activities have seen a number of disruptions as some footballers and coaches continue to test positive.
“It is true that the more advanced countries are even struggling, but we have an advantage because of the small population we have.
“This means that we will be able to have better control over our athletes and activities,” Mwiya said.
Easier for non-contact
The NSC chief is, however, confident that non-contact sport will not be much of a challenge.
It is easier to resume non-contact sport because it is safer than contact sport, Mwiya said.
These include athletics, archery, chess, cricket, cycling, swimming, golf, gymnastics and motorsport.
He further encouraged training under strict measures such as not sharing training equipment, disinfecting sports facilities, hand sanitising and maintaining social distancing.