Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni, said the rational of hosting Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA) is not only about rewarding excellence, but also promoting sport as a tool that unites people and can be used as a catalyst for sustainable development.
Uutoni made the remarks during the official launching of NASA held in Ongwediva of Oshana Region, saying the awards re-affirm the resolve for inclusivity in sport for all people regardless of any form of divide.
According to Uutoni, sport has become a big business all over the world as it continues to directly contribute towards global economy and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Uutoni stated that the sporting industry has emerged as an undisputed rapidly growing industry stimulating growth of other downstream industries such as tourism, food and beverages, transport, telecommunications and manufacturing.
“The youth of our country needs to be inspired to embrace a sense of belonging to their motherland. We can only expect the best from our athletes knowing that they are supported as they are committed to not only represent their motherland but the region and Africa as a whole,” said Uutoni.
Uutoni call on the private sector to grab this opportunity, get involved and pledge to help support the Local Organizing Committee to be able to raise much needed funds for hosting a successful awards event.
Speaking at the same event, governor of Oshana region Elia Irimari, said the launch was to acknowledge and rally behind Namibia Sports Commission in their quest to reward athletes under the theme “Celebrating Sporting Excellence.
Namibia Annual Sport Awards is scheduled for the 26 October at Ondangwa. Last year the awards took place in Swakopmund.