Sports administrators receive diplomas

WINDHOEK: Local sports administrators on Friday received diplomas in Windhoek after attending a one-year advanced sports administration course.

The 11 sports administrators representing various sports codes had completed an advanced sports administration course. Local sports consultant Quinton-Steele Botes, who has received an award for sporting excellence from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in recognition of his promotion of athletics in Namibia, facilitated the course.

Speaking at the event, the vice president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Abner Xoagub said the NNOC is trying their best to convey what they can from the Olympic Board to empower local sports administrators.

“We hope the new sports administrators will bring transformation in the different sporting codes, and we hope the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil will now become the order of the day so Namibia can become a winning nation,” said Xoagub.

NNOC secretary-general Joan Smit also stated that Namibia is the sixth country in the world to have completed the advanced sporting administration course. She explained that the diplomas are not attendance certificates, but a qualification that can be used by participants to obtain employment in any sports commission.

Top student Hella Rust from Namibia Cycling delivered a keynote address on behalf of the other participants, and said all of the 11 administrators were proud to be making history by attending the course.

“It’s not about what we learned, but what gained and how we have grown as people. We hope to make Namibia a winning nation,” said Rust.