NSC sees coronavirus silver lining
Namibian sport personnel will be expected to operate only within the country's borders for the next few months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
29 April 2020 | Sports
Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya has urged all sport federation administrators to be introspective and create more local competitions.
As things stand, sport in the country and around the world has been on halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Namibia currently has eight active cases of the virus, with some of the lockdown restrictions expected to be lifted on 5 May.
Mwiya however believes that things in the sport fraternity will not return to normal for quite some time and sport administrators should use this lockdown period to be innovative.
“The truth is that it will take a very long time for sport to be as it was and that is why I am urging all federation administrators to readjust the sporting calendar.
“We expect them to create more local leagues to keep their federations busy because I do not see people participating in international events in the coming months.
“Namibia might lift its lockdown earlier, but the other countries will probably take longer and that is why we will need more local competitions to keep busy within our borders.”
The NSC and its federations were reviewing and setting up a constitutional framework before the pandemic hit.
Mwiya added that the federations should use this time to work on various policies.
The NSC chief acknowledged that sport in the country has faced several administrative challenges, with some leaders at loggerheads.
“We must not just look at the negative that the virus has brought but we must reflect on what positive we can create during this time.
“Administrators must find peace and work in harmony in order to help sport in the country grow.
“When we return to our offices, let us understand that, now more than ever, we do need each other,” Mwiya said.