Mootu wants sports to be professionalised

Martin Endjala

Landless People’s Movement member of Parliament Utaara Mootu is calling on the government to professionalise sport in Namibia to improve the standard of athletes in the country for them to perform at the highest levels.

Mootu says the country has an abundance of talent but the lack of well-structured scouting programs to discover youngsters across the country.

She says LPM in its manifesto has a scouting program in place that will soon start looking for such talent in the country. She calls for more funds to be allocated to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service to develop sport in the country.

She praised the Brave Warriors for making it to the COSAFA finals and to show such tenacity and flair despite the domestic league not in action.

Mootu also applauded the national rugby team for making it to the next world cup as well as Beatrice Masilingi for a performance in opening 200m heat at the world athletics championships, pointing out that athletes can only be motivated to bring more success to the country if they are given the support that they need in all spheres.

She extended an invitation to all corporates to come on board and support athletes and to assist in scouting for more talent and discover the hidden treasures of the nation.

Meanwhile, the Landless People’s Movement Youth Command Element leader Duminga Ndala

proposed to the Ministry of Youth to implement what they call an ‘Athlete-Centred Approach System’ for all sports codes in the country.

Ndala emphasized that this system will instil necessary skills and discipline in athletes to enable them to perform at the highest level in the world as well to ensure their wellbeing and
livelihoods.

By Observer