Money given to sports in Namibia is peanuts: Shiyuka

WINDHOEK; Namibian sports needs more support from Government as it has become a profession, Deputy Chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Amos Shiyuka says.

Shiyuka, who was the guest speaker at the launch of the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Tournament in Windhoek on Wednesday, said the money availed for sports by Government is “peanuts”.

“Our policymakers and politicians need to realise sport is not just fun. We do not have fun getting together when we as sports men and women take part in sport events,” he said.

Shiyuka noted that sports have become a profession in the rest of the world, adding that it adds value to the lives of many people.

“Some athletes are the breadwinners of their households. It is no longer just for fun, hence we as sports men and women need support from Government and other stakeholders,” he stated.

Shiyuka then also called on companies from outside Namibia that open up businesses here to look into local athletes’ plight.

He said many of these companies make their money out of Namibian customers, and yet they do not contribute to local sports development.

The Windhoek Lager Africa Golf Jacket is scheduled to start in October this year, with the finals slated for June next year in Windhoek.

Apart from host Namibia, nine other African countries like Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania and Kenya indicated their participation.