Shikongo calls for more support

There have been increasing calls for corporate Namibia to support youth in sport over the past couple of years.

22 July 2019 | Sports

Debmarine Namibia chief executive Otto Shikongo has called on corporate private entities and parastatals to join the government in order to develop the youth in sports.

Shikongo was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Bridging the Gap youth sports championships, which the company sponsored to the tune of N$2 million.

He said the sponsorship is aimed at empowering the youth through sports, noting that sport is critical for the development of the youth as it promotes discipline, dedication and commitment, and has health benefits.

“If we do not have the youth and if we do not look after them by developing them, then we do not have a nation. So it is appropriate indeed that we put our efforts together to develop the youth,” he added.

The championship is for schoolchildren from Grade 9 to Grade 12 in all 14 regions, targeting under-17 girls for netball and under-15 boys for football who will compete at the Oshakati stadium from 4 to 6 October 2019.

The CEO urged those responsible for handling the funds to make sure it is used appropriately and that the youth fully benefit from the programme.

“Those colleagues that will be coordinating these resources should execute this with diligence, discipline and accountability so that nothing goes to waste,” he said.

- NAMPA

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