MPs brood over idea of establishing sports club

MPs brood over idea of establishing sports club
Speaker Jemma Nunu Kumba (centre) visited Juba’s only Basketball Stadium ahead of upgrading plans. [Photo by Joseph Pitia]

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) discussed a petition and concept calling for the establishment of the TNLA Sports Club.

Bol Maduot, a member of Parliament proposed the formation of TNLA Sport Club in a petition he drafted in October 2023, saying it intends to encourage participation in sports to enhance fitness, health, and enjoyment.

“It also aims to strengthen relationships among MPs and TNLA staff and engage in sports diplomacy, representing the TNLA at regional and international events,” the document partially reads.

 Maduot said the TNLA Sport Club will specifically target reducing inactivity among MPs, particularly those with long-term health conditions, female MPs, the elderly, and members with disabilities.

Reflecting on the success of the 12th East Africa Inter-Parliamentary Games hosted by South Sudan last year, the petition highlighted the role of sports in changing perceptions and promoting national pride.

He explained that the structure of the TNLA Sports Club will consist of a General Assembly and an Executive Committee.

“The General Assembly, comprising members of registered sports disciplines, will be the sovereign body, making decisions by majority vote. The Executive Committee, elected by the General Assembly, will manage day-to-day activities. “This committee will include representatives from various political groups within the TNLA, serving a two-year term,” he noted.

“Key roles within the Executive Committee include the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary General, Secretary for Finance, and Technical Teams Coordinator.”

He said these roles are designed to ensure effective management, financial oversight, and coordination of sports activities and events.

“The petition also outlines the duties of team managers and captains for each sport discipline, who will work with the Technical Teams Coordinator to appoint coaches and team doctors,” he said.

House Speaker, Jemma Nunu Kumba emphasized the importance of establishing the sports club, noting that it aligns with the requirements of the East Africa Community Inter-Parliamentary Games, which mandates each parliament to have its own sports club.

Kumba highlighted the need for a health club where MPs can exercise to maintain their well-being.

The petition was referred to the Committees on Youth and Sport, East Africa Community Affairs and Regional Integration, and Legislation and Justice for further scrutiny.