Sports could benefit from alcohol levies: Katamba

WINDHOEK: Since Independence, and up until today we did not find a place for sports in this country, and we are not sure whether sports can contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of this country: said Katamba.

Speaking to Nampa on Friday the Namibia Sports Commission Chief Administrator Sivhute Katamba told this agency, sports needs to become a ministry on its own if we are to talk about sporting codes getting sufficient funding.

“We have a ministry that is called Ministry of Youth National Service Sports, and Culture (MYNSSC). This ministry cover a lot of huge sectors and the cake that is there is actually divided into different sectors and one cannot say culture is not important, as it is equally important as sports,” said Katamba.

Katamba said the budged allocated to the directorate of sports is not big enough to cover all the problems affecting the different sport codes in the country.

“If you look at the budget that is allocated to the directorate of sports, in some country that is just the money that the sports commission get, we currently running on a hundred and ten and a hundred and twenty million per annum speaking under correction, now imagine how much money will the stake holders get out of that, if we talking about 52 sporting codes in the country at the moment,” he stated.

The Namibia Sports Commission, Chief Administrator said the money that is currently give to sport codes is not for international participation, or development but for running their office administration.

“We give money based on categories and this is looking at how many regions a sports code operates in, and if I we are giving N.dollars 50 000 for development and international participation then one have to re-look at that, because 50 000 is not even enough to develop an athlete,” said the Chief Administrator.

Katamba added that people should not blame government for not funding sports fully, because a lot of stakeholder have not addressed the core issues that are hampering the progress of sports and have never made a case to government on what are the issues affecting sports and how much money is need to run different codes.

“We always keep on saying that we are not given attention by government, while until now we have not addressing the core issues with regards to the core sporting codes that we have to concentrate on, and what is also lacking in the our sports legislation,” argued Katamba.

He said the sports commission is now embarking upon a process were they will involve all the stakeholders starting from the ground level.

“We will ask all the people involved in the running of different sports to give us their core issues. We will look at main issues that are hampering the development of sports,” stated Katamba.

He said that when the process is finished the stakeholders and sports commission will come up with cost effective’s document for each sporting code and that document will then be given to government telling them the value of sports in the country.

“By the end of October this year we will go to the minister and give him a costed document that talks about sports, and how much money is need to run the codes effectively,” he said.

Katamba also stated that the main reason of having a sports commission is not to capacitate codes.

“The reason why the sports commission was established is not to address financial issues but to address coaching issues and all developmental aspects that make the code to grow. And we are supposed to grow all the codes at equal foot in all the regions,” said Katamba.

(edited)By Hesron Kapanga

WINDHOEK: Since Namibia’s independence in 1990, sports has been unable to contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

It is also unlikely to do so because of poor funding, the Namibia Sports Commission’s Chief Administrator Sivhute Katamba says.

He thus suggested that sports must get its own ministry.

Katamba told Nampa on Thursday that the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC) covers many huge sectors, and therefore the “cake is divided into many parts”.

“One also cannot say culture is not important – it is as equally important as sports,” he noted.

The budget allocated to the Directorate of Sports is not big enough to cover all 52 sports codes in the country, as some countries’ Sports Commission budgets are bigger than the one for this Directorate of Sports.

“We are currently running on a N.dollars 120 million per annum budget, speaking under correction. Now imagine how much money the stakeholders will get out of that if people are talking about 52 sporting codes in the country at the moment?” he asked rhetorically.

Katamba said despite these 52 codes, there are only 43 registered with the Commission, although they support all of them.

The allocation to sports codes is not for international participation or developmental purposes, it’s only for office administration.

“We give money based on how many regions a sports’ code operates in. Even if we give N.dollars 50 000 for development and international participation, that N.dollars 50 000 is still not even enough to develop one athlete,” explained the chief administrator.

Katamba added that people should not blame Government for not funding sports fully because a lot of stakeholders have not addressed the core issues which are hampering the progress of sports in the country, have never made a case to Government on what the issues affecting sports are, nor how much money is needed to run different codes.

“We always say that we (sports) are not given attention by Government, but until now we have not addressed these core issues with regards to which sporting codes to concentrate on, and what is lacking in our sports’ legislation,” he argued.

He further stated that the Commission is now embarking on a process of involving all stakeholders from the ground-level up.

“We will ask all the people involved in the running of different sports to give us their core issues hampering the development of sports,” stated Katamba.

When the process is finished, the stakeholders and the Sports Commission will come up with a cost-effective document for each sporting code.

That document will then be given to Government, telling them the value of sports in the country.

“By the end of October this year, we will go to the line minister and give him a costed document which talks about sports, and how much money is needed to run the codes effectively,” he continued.

Katamba stated that the main reason for having a Sports Commission is not to address monetary issues, but to capacitate sports codes.

“The reason why the Sports Commission was established is not to address financial issues, but to address coaching issues and all developmental aspects which will make codes grow.

We are also supposed to grow all the codes at equal footing in all the regions,” he noted.

The chief administrator also called on Government to follow in the footsteps of Botswana, and start getting tax rebates from alcohol to help with sports’ development.

“We spoke with our colleagues from the Botswana Sports Commission to see how they get funding, and they told us that their government has introduced a levy on alcohol.

That money is then given to the sports directorate and then the Sports Commission to distribute amongst the different codes for their administrative and developmental purposes,” he said.

“It’s difficult to control someone when you are not fully funding them.

We have a lot of sports codes in the country, and some of them are operating from their houses, paying their own cellphone and telephone bills from their own pockets, and using their own transport.

These people can come and tell us whatever they want because we are not doing much to help them financially, but they respect the Commission as the custodian of sports,” he emphasised.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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