WINDHOEK: The Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture lashed out at the youth who are using their time to misuse alcohol instead of identifying their talents in sports.
Pohamba Shifeta said at the handing-over ceremony of the 17th Meritorius Award for 2012 from the Polytechnic of Namibia to Namibia’s Paralympic gold medallist Johanna Benson in the capital last night that the rate at which young people are drinking alcohol is extremely high.
“Young people drink, and they lose value if they drink too much. They are getting intoxicated to the extent of being carried to bed. You lose value when you drink too much because you do not have a culture. A person with culture knows his roots,” he stressed.
Shifeta said alcohol is the root cause of many evils in society, such as making people lose their jobs, and deeply affects productivity because some people go to work drunk.
The Meritorious Award, which is the highest honour bestowed on a sports hero or heroine, recognizes a single individual who has made a significant meritorious contribution in sports.
Johanna Benson scooped the silver medal in the Women’s T37 200 meters and the gold medal in the Women’s T37 200 m at the recently-concluded Paralympic Games in London.
The first such award was given to Namibia’s Olympic silver medallist Frank Fredericks in 2004 by PoN.