Matheus says agreements need to be scrutinised to benefit sports

The newly reappointed Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Board Chairperson Joel Matheus says there is a need to study Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) Namibia has with sister countries in order to benefit local sports.

Speaking exclusively to Nampa, on Saturday, adding that if everything goes according to plans, the MoU's will benefit Namibians in developing sports in various ways.

We are busy exploring MoU's with various countries to see where we can incorporate sports so that we create a platform where sport development can take its course, said Mathews.

He pointed out other factors such as research and funding as some of the areas that can determine the future of sports in Namibia when it comes to proper planning as far as sports development is concern.

He emphasised the lack of data which could be used to back-up the planning in various aspects of sports fraternity.

Mathews said if data was available, it could be used to drive the confidence of the private sector to start contributing towards sports because these are the indicators of collective information such as various forms of challenges, the interests that sport attracts, amongst other needed information.

Despite some challenges, Mathews said he has confidence in what the commission has achieved so far.

We have decentralised the Annual National Sports awards to be held at different regions in 2018, and the previous one was held in Swakopmund, Erongo region, as well as the categorisation of sports codes according to priority amongst other achievements, he said.

He added that the cornerstone above all odds, the commission is working towards providing leadership that can motivate the sports fraternity, work hard, inspire and impact more as there is still room for improvement.

Namibia has signed various MoU's with different countries including Ghana where the two countries have so far signed six agreements and MoU's including sport and youth development under the Namibia-Ghana Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation.

Source: Namibia Press Agency