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Namibian athletes to get top sport centre

Namibian athletes to get top sport centre

Maria David

THE lack of a high-performance sport centre has resulted in Namibia’s elite athletes training outside the country to better their skills.

Hence, the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) and the University of Namibia (Unam) signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to construct such a centre at the Unam campus in Windhoek.

The ministry’s executive director, Audrin Mathe, said this partnership between the MSYNS and Unam will provide training facilities for all athletes in the country.
He said there is no funding from the government. The ministry and university will jointly source private funding, and identify appropriately skilled staff members expected to operate the centre.

Unam vice-chancellor Kenneth Matengu signed the memorandum on behalf of their respective institutions.

Matengu stated that Unam has committed to allocating land and providing capacity building for the support staff envisaged to operate the high-performance centre.
“The second commitment is capacity building. We must invest in talent identification, talent development, and talent retention as a country,” he said. Unam and the ministry will identify talent and develop it.

He indicated that there cannot be sport development without research and innovation.
“We are very committed to making sure that we identify key areas that we will research for sports. We need to research why there are athletes who perform better than others to incorporate it in the training of athletes to improve their performances,” he added.

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