Following announcements that the 2020 edition of the Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA) has been postponed to next year, various athletes and sport administrators have come forth to weigh the decision of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).

The awards were postponed as a result of the widespread Covid-19 pandemic, which has robbed athletes of opportunities to compete continentally and internationally. Therefore, the NSC indicated, it will be extremely difficult for them to nominate athletes for the awards as there were no competitions available to draw from.

Renowned boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said that it is only fair for the NSC to postpone the prestigious awards because this year presented athletes with almost zero opportunities to compete and showcase their talents.

“There’s no hard feelings on the awards being pushed to next year, because there weren’t proper sporting events to choose their performances from. Every big event that was scheduled this year was just called off. There wasn’t any proper competition and it won’t be for athletes as far as judging is concerned. What we should do for now is to comply with the NSC decision and support them during times like these. We understand that people want to be rewarded but we have to understand things are hard at this point,” said Tobias.

Boxing trainer Imms Moses also echoed Tobias’s sentiments saying it was only right for the NSC to push the awards to next year, which will give athletes enough time to prepare and compete much better, considering that some sport events are slowly returning to action.