Namibia approves National Sports Reward Policy

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Windhoek – The Namibian Cabinet has approved the National Sports Reward Policy following marathon consultations, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa announced on Thursday following Cabinet resolutions that were taken on Wednesday.

The document provides guidance on how to reward Namibian athletes who put up stellar performances at local and international events. Funds for this purpose will be provided by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service through the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC). 

The policy, which was drafted by the Sport Ministry and the NSC, covers preparation by athletes, participation and rewards for athletes who have won.

Speaking at a media briefing, Simataa said the policy would help eliminate previous mistakes whereby athletes were promised rewards by the government but would only receive the rewards after prolonged periods.

“Previously, the government also struggled to reward these athletes after having made promises prior to their participation. That was not good enough and defeated the whole purpose of motivating these athletes,” he said.

Simataa said the rewards would be for amateur athletes only, as professional athletes are paid through a different system.

“Regardless of that, if the government feels professional athletes have done well, we will not shy away from rewarding them,” he added.

The document covers competitions like the Olympics and Paralympics, world championships, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games, African Championships and Special Olympics.

The rewards differ from competition to competition and by age group.

Individual athletes who win gold medals in both the Olympic and Paralympic games will receive R200,000, while silver medallists will receive R150,000 and bronze medallists, R100,000.

Similarly, the coaches of these athletes in the two categories will get R80,000 (gold), R60,000 (silver) and R40,000 (bronze).

Team sports will also be awarded accordingly, the document said.

Those that win gold medals will receive R800,000, with the coaches receiving R400,000.

Silver medallists will receive R500,000, while the coaches get R200,000.

Bronze medallists will get R350,000, with the coaches getting R100,000.

For preparation, teams will get as much as R120,000, while the coaches will receive R24,000 a month.

Individuals will get R60,000 for preparation, with coaches getting R12,000 a month.  – Nampa

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