The Namibia Rural Sport Development Federation (NRSDF) has called on the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service to develop more sport facilities in rural areas as a matter of urgency.
NRSDF president Benjamin Kasuto told Nampa on Tuesday that most sport tournaments are only hosted in regions due to a lack of facilities in rural areas.
“Our efforts to bring sport development in rural areas are always hampered by lack of facilities and that forces us to move competitions mostly to Windhoek,” Kasuto said.
“Hosting competitions in the capital city Windhoek is costly as one has to rent a stadium and we have to compete with premier league teams in using these facilities.”
Kasuto added that lack of support and sponsorship from communities and local businesses are some of the factors affecting sport development, giving the example of the popular annual Federation Cup competition for netball and football which did not take place last year due to a shortage of stadiums.
The federation said the ministry must come up with an urgent plan to build new and renovate existing sport facilities in rural areas.
“Most sport facilities in Opuwo, Gibeon, Okakarara, Epukiro and Aminius, among many others, need urgent attention and we are requesting the ministry or business community to assist,” Kasuto said.
This year, the NRSDF plans to promote different trade fairs through their events as a way of generating funds to continue developing sports in rural areas.
The NRSDF was established in 2000 with the aim to develop and promote sport in rural areas. It comprises of 21 rural sports associations mainly from the Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Hardap, Erongo and Omaheke regions.