WINDHOEK, 10 MAY – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and National Service Emma Kantema-Gaomas has called on Khomas residents to come out and support young athletes who are participating in the 2018 National Youth Games in Windhoek.
Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Independence Stadium Thursday, Kantema-Gaomas said the aims and objectives of the games are to promote mass participation in sports, starting from grassroots level.
“The youth games offer an opportunity for spectators to enjoy Namibian talent, therefore I would like to invite and challenge our Khomas residents to fill up the various stadiums,” she said.
Kantema-Gaomas said people should not be slaves to their television sets, but rather attend the games in Windhoek.
She added that supporting local talent will help encourage and develop local athletes who can go on to be global stars.
Over 1 800 athletes and officials from all 14 regions are participating in the games.
The best athletes will be selected to represent Namibia at international competitions.
Kantema-Gaomas said they want to promote healthy competition among competitors under the atmosphere of sportsmanship and friendly interaction with the view of strengthening national unity.
“We also aim to promote social and cultural integration which will enhance national unity. We will also harness competencies and skills for coaches, administrators and officials and judges as well,” she stressed.
The games started Thursday and end Sunday.
Independence Stadium for track and field events
University of Namibia for men’s football, basketball, volleyball and boxing
Namibia Football Association Technical Centre and Katutura Youth Complex for women’s football
Eros Primary School for judo
United Sports Field for netball
Olympia Swimming Pool
Olympia Tennis Courts