Sports heavily underfunded: Ekandjo

WINDHOEK: Sports, Youth and National Services Minister Jerry Ekandjo says, Sports is ‘heavily’ underfunded due to limited budgetary constraints.

Ekandjo made this remarks in the National Assembly on Wednesday, during his budget motivation speech.

He thus stated that the Ministry is at advanced stage of finalizing the National Sports Plan (NSP), which will spell out programmes and activities within the Sport Movement for the next 10 years, is almost completed.

“The NSP will be used to help us determine the real value of Sport as well as our desired investment that will set us on the path to be a winning nation,” he said.

Ekandjo explained that the overall strategy for the plan is to strengthen effective sport administration, capacitate human resources, and to create conducive environment for athletes to participate at the highest level, both locally and internationally.

He said expected results during the tenure of the implementation of the plan should be to create a winning sporting nation that would bring honour and Pride to the country.

Moreover, the Sport minister said construction, maintenance and renovation of sport facilities in the current financial year will be the focal area.

Amongst others sport facilities to receive attention from the ministry this financial year are; Windhoek Sport and Training Centre, Eenhana Sport Complex, Outapi Sport Complex, and Katima Mulilo Stadium.

He said financial allocation to the Sports Directorate will be utilised as a mechanism towards achieving and supporting the priorities of National Government.

“To build the sport economy to effectively contribute to shared economic growth and development in the country, those funds will be used to use sport as a medium for building social cohesion and sustainable communities, and to harness the nation-building characteristics of sports,” he said.

Ekandjo stated that an amount of N.dollars 85 607 000 has been allocated to the Sports Directorate for operational, while for development N.dollars 32 806 000 has been allocated to that directorate.

The Sports Ministry got a budget allocation of N.dollars 507 570 000 00 in the 2015/2016 financial year.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Sport, Youth and National Services Minister Jerry Ekandjo says sports is heavily underfunded due to limited budgetary constraints.

Ekandjo made these remarks in the National Assembly on Wednesday, during his budget motivation speech.

He stated that the ministry is at an advanced stage of finalising the National Sports Plan (NSP), which will spell out programmes and activities within the sport fraternity for the next 10 years.

Ekandjo explained that the overall strategy for the plan is to strengthen effective sports administration, capacitate human resources, and to create a conducive environment for athletes to participate at the highest level, both locally and internationally.

He said expected results during the tenure of the implementation of the plan should be to create a winning sporting nation that would bring honour and pride to the country.

Moreover, the sport minister said construction, maintenance and renovation of sport facilities in the current financial year will be a focal area.

Amongst others sport facilities to receive attention from the ministry this financial year are the Windhoek Sport and Training Centre, Eenhana Sport Complex, Outapi Sport Complex, and Katima Mulilo Stadium.

Ekandjo said financial allocation to the Sports Directorate will be utilised as a mechanism towards achieving and supporting the priorities of Government.

“Those funds will be used to use sport as a medium for building social cohesion and sustainable communities, and to harness the nation-building characteristics of sports,” he said.

Ekandjo stated that an amount of N.dollars 85 607 000 has been allocated to the Sports Directorate for operational expenses.

The Sports Ministry received a budget allocation of N.dollars 507 570 000 00 in the 2015/2016 financial year.

SOURCE: NAMPA