OTJIWARONGO, 17 APR – A regional sports administrative body for Otjozondjupa is expected to be established before the end of this year.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Tuesday held a consultative meeting with heads of departments at his office here to discuss details of the formation of this regional sports body.
“We want a regional body that will indiscriminately run and manage affairs of all sport codes of the region, including facilities,” said Ipinge.
He stated that members of this sports body will be sent to other countries where they will acquire skills and knowledge on how to effectively run sports to make money out of it.
Members of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, the Namibia Sports Commission, Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Namibia Schools Sports Union, Life Fighters Football Club and Mighty Gunners were selected at the meeting to form a technical committee that will drive the idea.
Life Fighters and Mighty Gunners are two football clubs representing Otjozondjupa in the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Ipinge repeatedly told the meeting the idea of establishing this regional body is to make sure sport becomes a profitable business venture that will take unemployed off the streets.
Regional and local authority councillors of Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Okakarara, Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumkwe also attended the meeting.
Okahandja Constituency Councillor, Steve Biko Booys urged members of the new technical committee to speed up drafting of the policy documents for the new sports body.
Public Relations Officer of Mighty Gunners, Simon Mukuve thanked Ipinge for the initiative and called on the region’s residents to support sports.