Sunday 11 April 2021
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Sport Reward Policy finally approvedd

During a media briefing on Cabinet resolutions yesterday, ICT Minister Stanley Simataa announced that cabinet has finally approved the Namibia National Sport Policy.
The much-awaited document was submitted to the line ministry in September 2017, following debates around what is due to athletes who continue to raise the country’s flag on international platforms. The policy that has since collected dust in the line ministry’s office has finally surfaced and will consistently guide the rewarding of athletes.
The approved document will reward for medals in Olympic/Paralympic Games for seniors, World Championships with more than 30 countries, World Senior Championships with less than 30 countries and more than 10 countries participating, Commonwealth Games and All African Games (Seniors), African Championships (Seniors) with more than 30 countries participating, African Senior Championships with less than 30 and more than 10 countries participating, Special Olympics World Summer/Winter Games and Top 20 Junior athletes bi-annually (10 male and 10 females) scholarships.
For a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, athletes will receive N$200 000, N$150 000 or N$100 000 in the order of medals, while the coaches will receive N$80 000, N$60 000, and N$40 000 respectively.
At World Championships with more than 30 participating countries, gold winners will take N$100 000, N$80 000 for silver and N$50 000 for bronze while the coaches will get N$50 000, N$30 000 and N$20 000 respectively.
In World Senior Championships with less than 30 but more than 10 participating countries, reward for gold medal is N$30 000, N$20 000 for silver and N$15 000 for bronze while the coach of the winning athlete with take N$10 000, N$8 000 or N$5 000 respectively.
Commonwealth and All African Games’ gold will be worth N$80 000, N$60 000 for silver and N$40 000 for bronze while the coaches will be rewarded with N$35 000, N$25 000 or N$15 000.
Winners in the African Championships with more than 30 countries will get rewards of N$50 000 for gold, N$30 000 for silver and N$20 000 for bronze while the coaches get N$20 000, N$15 000, and N$10 000.
In the same competition but with less than 30 but more than 10 competing countries, gold medal will be worth N$20 000, N$15 000 for silver and N$10 000 for bronze. The coaches will get N$8 000, N$4 000 and N$2 000.
Special Olympics World Summer/Winter Games winners will be rewarded N$40 000 for gold, N$30 000 for silver and N$20 000 for bronze. The coaches of winning athletes in the same competition are due to get N$20 000, N$15 000 and N$10 000.
The document stipulates provisions to reward teams of more than 10 players however in the case of less than 10 players, the reward will be 50 per cent less. On the reward list is also coaches or managers with technical teams of more than five people or less.
Topping the list with a hefty reward is winners in Olympic or Paralympic games where the gold team gets N$800 000, N$500 000 for silver and N350 000 for bronze. Coach or manager of the golden team in this competition will get N$400 000, N$200 000 for silver and N$100 000 for the team winning bronze. These reward figures remain the same for winning teams in a World Cup or World Championships with more than 20 participating countries. In a case of less than 20 teams but more than 15, the rewards are 50 per cent less.
Other categories on the team’s rewards sheet are Commonwealth Game and All Africa Games, African Championships, Special Olympics with World Summer/Winter games and Youth Olympic Games inclusive or World Cup, World Junior Championship,Commonwealth and African Championship scholarships.
The policy also looks into awarding preparation grants to coaches and athletes. Individual athletes who have reached senior Olympic or Paralympic games in the four years leading to the games will get N$10 000 monthly while the coach will get a mere N$2000 per month.
The policy also looks to pay out N$5000 per month for individual athletes who have reached senior commonwealth game, All Africa Games, African Championships and World Championships. These grants become available every two years leading up to the games. The coach gets N$1000 per month.
In preparations for Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Cup, World Championships, All Africa Games and African Championships, senior teams will get N$1 million. Any additional funding would be considered on merit with submissions determined by the availability of funds. For Youth Games such as the Youth Olympics, the funding will be 50 percent less.
While the economic state of the country remains tight, the public remains oblivious how the line ministry will fund the policy.
At the same meeting, Simataa also announced that the line ministry should henceforth budget for the required financial resources through the normal budgetary process under its vote.
Highlighting that Namibia has in the past experienced several daunting challenges when it came to providing the necessary resources, Simataa stressed that the help from the private sector will help ensure that the country’s athletes are well prepared for future sport competitions.
“For athletes to participate effectively, it is imperative that prior proper preparations are effectively executed. Hence, if the private sector can join hands, the benefits that we will be able to derive from sports through well prepared athletes will be immense,” Simataa said.
He explained that the country has also struggled on quite a number of occasions, where some athletes and team sports after having done well were kept in the shadows of not knowing what financial rewards they would receive. To date, Commonwealth marathon Helalia Johannes and boxer Jonas Junias Jonas are yet to be rewarded for their gold conquest.
“Evidently as a country, we were not prepared and we did not know what rewards we would advance to these athletes and team sports. It was then on the basis of that, that the line ministry deemed it appropriate to then formulate a policy,” he said.
Youth and Sports minister Erastus Utoni and Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission were both unreachable for official comments before going to print. Calls made to their cellphones were not answered.

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