Nedbank Namibian Newspaper Cup launched

THE Namibian’s managing director, Tangeni Amupadhi, says sport is an integral part of keeping the nation healthy.

He was speaking at the launch of the Nedbank Namibian Newspaper Cup on Tuesday.

Amupadhi said awareness of health issues, such as prostate, cervical and breast cancer, should be raised through the newspaper cup competition.

He said it is important to start addressing health issues at a young age.

Amupadhi labelled the government, through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Sevice, including the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), as the unsung heroes of the newspaper cup by providing both athletes and officials with transport and accommodation.

Host region governor Pio Nganate said the Omaheke region is committed to delivering an incredible event at Gobabis from 29 March to 1 April.

The governor said hostel dormitories and stadiums have been renovated and refurbished.

The Namibian Nedbank Newspaper Cup targets young people under the age of 20, Nganate said.

A moment of silence will be observed during matches in honour of president Hage Geingob, he said.

Nganate called on parents to travel to Gobabis and support their individual teams and children competing in both the football and netball competitions.

Deputy minister of sport, youth and national service Emma Kantema-Gaomas said the newspaper cup is an extraordinary event which promotes sport.

She said the government has been part of the project and will continue to be a partner in the competition.

Kantema-Gaomas said it is important to continue with the newspaper cup to produce more players for both the Brave Warriors and Desert Jewels.

The deputy minister echoed Amupadhi’s call to address health issues through sport, which also considers young people’s lifestyle and mental health issues.

Kavango West are the defending football champions, while Khomas are the netball champions.

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