WALVIS BAY: The Director of Sport in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC), Dr Vetumbuavi Veii has encouraged parents in Namibia to bring forth children with disabilities, instead of hiding them.
Veii made this statement during the welcome-home ceremony of superstar athlete Johanna Benson here on Thursday.
Veii explained that people who have children with disabilities tend to hide such children, and then claim that Government does not do anything to assist them.
“The parents want to protect the reputation of the family by hiding the children (with disabilities). You need to bring forth the children, because how do you expect Government to do something for them if they are hidden?” asked Veii.
He added that disability does not mean inability, and “everyone has some type of disability”.
Veii continued to say that the fact that Benson emerged as a winner demonstrates the importance of sports in the socio-economic development of Namibia.
He also emphasised that the power of sport in Namibia brings the nation together.
“We are celebrating Benson’s victory, which shows the power sport creates in Namibia,” he stated.
The director then extended a call to the private sector in Namibia to assist Government in training athletes.
He also warned some private companies not to use ambush marketing by using Benson’s name to market their companies without making contributions to training.
Honouring the call made by Veii, prominent Walvis Bay businessman John Savva donated N.dollars 35 000 during a gala dinner on Thursday to make Benson’s life easier.
Another Walvis Bay businessman, Johnny Doeseb, a well-known sports personality, also donated N.dollars 15 000 to Benson and her family.
Benson is the first Namibian athlete to win a gold medal in the women’s T37 200 metres (m) and a silver medal in the women’s T37 100m finals at the recently-concluded Paralympic Games held in London.
Upon Benson’s arrival in the harbour town on Thursday, the streets of the town were filled with residents honouring her on her achievements.