Uutoni preaches unity
Minister of sport Erastus Uutoni believes that the sport expo can be a tool to unify all races in sport in Namibia.
22 July 2019 | Sports
Minister of sport Erastus Uutoni has called for unity among all races in sport in the country.
The minister emphasised that there are still clear divisions among sport codes in the country and a sense of entitlement among some.
Uutoni urged parents to allow their children to participate in the sports of their choice.
The minister was speaking at the sponsorship announcement between Debmarine Namibia and the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) last week.
“I believe that there are white kids who would love to play for the national team but their parents are maybe afraid to send them to clubs because the football clubs are in Katutura.
“I came across a white boy one day and he told me that he does want to play football.
“There are also black children that want to play rugby, cricket and many other sport codes.
“Katutura is a safe place now because we have Operation Kalahari and anyone is therefore welcome to participate in any sport of their choice.
“It is also important that we build cricket facilities and other facilities in areas where these things are not common,” Uutoni said.
Uutoni reiterated that sport is universal and can bring together people of all races.
He believes that the country can excel in sport when there are equal opportunities and participation for all races in sport in the country.
It is for this reason he believes that the upcoming sport expo slated for September this year can unite all races in sport.
Uutoni calls for people from all different races to attend the expo and to exhibit their products.
The sports ministry, in conjunction with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), will hold the expo in September.
It will see different people from all over the country exhibiting their products. The aim of hosting an annual sport expo is to bring together all stakeholders, including government, sponsors, athletes, businesses and fans.
“I have to use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders and people to come and support the expo.
“I also urge Debmarine Namibia to have their stall here at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in September,” the minister said.