Sport and military are equally important institutions: Pinehas

The acting Chief of the Namibian Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Martin Pinehas said sports and military are two important institutions as it contributes to fitness, morale and sports spirit among soldiers.

Pinehas was speaking at the official opening of the sixth edition of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) annual sports tournament here on Tuesday.

Sports have been an important activity that brings people of different backgrounds and cultures together, and enhances a degree of value to sports in the NDF like any other given army in the world, he stated.

He cautioned players to play fairly adding that athletes should ask themselves why sport matters and emulate a good legacy laid by athletes such as Paulus Ambunda, Johannes amongst others.

Sport matters because it serves as a unifying factor that helps team building, boost morale, enhances discipline and contributes greatly to the physical and mental fitness of soldiers, said Pinehas.

Pinehas also used the opportunity to introduce to the audience, the newly appointed commander of the Namibian Army, Major General MatheusAlueendo, and further wished him well for his new appointment.

Also speaking at the event, General Officer Commanding 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Joel Kapala said the tournament requires full commitment from members and demand them to take it upon themselves by maintaining discipline, teamwork, professionalism, fair play and comradeship.

He added that the tournament aims at identifying competent participants who will be required to represent the NDF regionally and nationally.

The tournament kicked off at the Keetmanshoop stadium on Monday and ends Saturday.

There are about 83 teams participating in the tournament.

Source: Namibia Press Agency