As earlier promised by the organisers, this year’s edition of the annual Chief John Arnold Sport Festival held over the weekend at Omatako village once again proved a massive success.
The event, which is staged annually by the !Kung Traditional Authority in conjunction with various sponsors, took place for the second successive year this past weekend under the theme “Empowering Youth Through Sports” in honour of the late Chief John Arnold of the !Kung Traditional Authority .
Besides honouring the late chief’s great work and dedication to his community, the festival also aims to promote unity, diversity and friendship among the different communities in Tsumkwe Constituency through bringing together various teams from the constituency to compete in one festival.
Last year’s winners in the football category, Africa Stars, on Sunday again successfully defended their title when they trounced Slow Poison in the final to walk away with a cash prize of N$4 000, medals and a floating trophy.
Runners-up Slow Poison received medals and N$2 000, while bronze medallists Rooidag had to settle for a consolation prize of N$1 500.
Golden Stars’ overall athleticism and bravery saw them clinch the netball category and take home N$2 000, while 2nd and 3rd placed Grashoek and Africa Stars pocketed N$1 000 and N$750 respectively.
The thoroughbred senior horse category was won by Remember, while Drie Foot took top honours in the junior horse racing division.
The festival closing ceremony keynote speaker was Director of Sport in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Sivhute Katamba, who encouraged the youth of Omatako and the entire Tsumkwe to take the festival seriously and use it to empower themselves.
Katamba, who strongly condemned the participation of teams or players from outside Tsumkwe Constituency in the festival, further urged all participants to exercise fair play at all times and always ro respect each other on and off the field.
The festival was also blessed with the presence of Chief Glony Arnold of the !Kung Traditional Authority and senior traditional councillor Auho Ngavetene, among other dignitaries from the constituency.
As part of its social responsibility New Era Newspaper partnered with other sponsors led by the Uukumwe Youth Empowerment Consortium, Camoposatu Investment, Oluzizi World of Commerce and MVA Fund, among others, and came on board as the official media partner of the Chief John Arnold Sport Festival.