MINISTRY of Sport, Youth and National Services’ reward policy that has been approved in April has not been implemented into action as of yet because of funds not made available by the Cabinet treasury.
The Namibian Sport Commission’s Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya who has confirmed this that the policy is awaiting for funds to be made available by government.
The reward policy is aimed as rewarding Namibian athletes for outstanding performance at regional, continental and international games such as Commonwealth, All Africa Games and Olympic games.
He was commenting to questions in reference to the long awaited bonuses and incentives for Commonwealth gold medalist Helalia Johannes and Jonas Junias who received their rewards earlier today.
“It is not yet implemented even though it was supposed to be done as from April. The policy has been endorsed last year after the Commonwealth games,” he said.
According to Mwiya the reward policy figures for Olympic Games indicate that, gold medalist athletes gets N$200 000, N$150 000 for silver medalist and N$100 000 for bronze medal.
NSC rewarded Helalia and Jonas N$80 000 each for their Commonwealth performances and N$30 00 to each of their coaches.
Helalia thanked the government for the well-deserved reward saying that it has been long overdue.
“Despite winning the gold medal last year and waiting this long to get some sort of reward, I did not lose focus as I kept on the mentality of winning at different competition,” she said.