WINDHOEK: The ghost of racism in Cricket Namibia left no choice for the main sponsor of this sport in the country, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) to call a meeting with all role players to get this burning issue solved.
This morning representatives of Cricket Namibia, MTC and the Sports Commission held a press briefing at MTC’s head office in Olympia Windhoek to clarify the alleged racism issues and take remedial actions solving this topic.
Tim Ekandjo Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer this morning said for the past few years several insinuations were made that no or little development is taking place at Cricket Namibia as far as developing black players are concerned. Some even went to the extend criticizing Cricket Namibia for practicing racism and discrimination against black platers. Although cricket was historically played by white players this needs to be redress the historical imbalances and integrating black players into the game.
It was amidst this allegations MTC decided to get to the bottom of the allegations and address the problems to solve it once and for all. Ekandjo said MTC had two options, to walk away from the sport, or the address the issues and find a solution to the problem, The latter was the only option as MTC want to honor it’s obligations towards sports development.
In a summary Ekandjo said those who were interviewed were quite adamant that little or no transformation has taken place and that black players are only included to window dress without given a chance to play.
Cricket Namibia Chief Executive Officer Graham Mcmillan expressed his concern to the allegations and committed his time to rectify the issues of so called racial discriminatory practices.
Vivienne Katjioungua Commissioner and Chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission said racial allegations is a concern for the commission as Namibia represent a multicultural sector hence players of all cultures and back grounds should be inclusive.
After several meetings between all the parties recommendations were made like ‘Transformational Targets’ must be implemented aimed at improving the numbers of black cricketers at all national levels staring from Under 13 all the way to U19 and the National team.
From the U13 to U19 a minimum of 3-4 black playing cricketers must form part of the national team, they must not be only taken up in the squad , but must be actively play.
At National level a minimum of 3 to 4 black players must be included in the team with at least 2 playing actively.
MTC and Cricket Namibia will meet after three months to review this target and discuss any challenges that inhibit the increase of black players.