Special Olympics Namibia stripped off license

The dismissed board consisted of Deon Namiseb
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Special Olympics Namibia have been stripped off their license by Special Olympics International with immediate effect.

Special Olympics Namibia is a programme, which organises and administers sports activities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the country.

The board of Special Olympic Namibia was dismissed by Special Olympics International earlier this year, for alleged transgression of the international code of conduct.

The dismissed board consisted of Pieter Wilson, Betty Aluteni, Isack Hamata, Deon Namiseb, Malita Mate, Hanah Garises and Sydney Goagoseb.

NBC Sport has been reliably informed that the board disputed the dismissal, but was not successful in their bid. This subsequently resulted in Namibia's license being revoked.

The revocation license means that at no cost, can the name of Special Olympics Namibia nor its logo be used. Events or fundraisers may not be held either.

When contacted for comment, the chairman of the Namibia Sports Commission, Joel Mathews, said he is aware of the letter from the international mother body, leading to the cancellation of SON's license.

He was however reluctant to comment further, saying he was yet to familiarise himself with the issue and understand the context. He promised to share more light after establishing the facts.

The situation will remain as is, until such a time that Special Olympics International pronounce themselves on the road ahead for the athletes.

Special Olympics Namibia forms part of the three affiliates of Disability Sport Namibia, joining the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia and the Deaf Sports Federation (DSF).

Disability Sport Namibia is due to host its elective congress next weekend and considering the many pressing issues in the sector, it is likely going to be a heated gathering.