Minister for sports, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga speaking during the opening of the Matson inter islands 15's rugby competition
MINISTER responsible for sports, Manasseh Maelanga has called on sports federations to give way to a new generation of leaders to lead their respective federations.
He was speaking at the opening of the Matson Inter-Island 15 rugby competition that kicked off yesterday.
“I have already alluded to many times to the sports fraternity, if your leadership is killing your sport from growing, it is proper that you humbly step aside to allow other capable people to take the reign,” Maelanga said.
But he said the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation executive has proven its worth with the organisation of the 15’s rugby championship.
“As I speak other brother federations are struggling to promote themselves,” Maelanga added.
“The support you are looking for is available, but problem why it is not coming could be you.”
He added that the private sector is willing to assist where they can, but federations must prove their credibility.
“The recent problems faced by two of our senior federations are not helping us,” Maelanga said, referring particularly to the recent Solomon Islands Football Federation debacle that led to the forced resignation of the executive.
He urged leaders in the sport fraternity to work hard to convince the public.
“Hence leaders in the sports fraternity if you are expecting public support you must work hard to convince them.”