Major General Shengeti Bouth Diu, the Director of Sports at the National Police Service in South Sudan, has raised a significant concern regarding the neglect of the sports sector’s potential contribution to the country’s economy during the National Economic Conference. Diu stressed the importance of recognizing sports as a key sector that can significantly boost South Sudan’s economic growth.
During the conference, Diu expected a dedicated sports paper to be presented, which would address the challenges faced by the sports sector and outline its potential to generate income for the nation. He firmly believes that sports, when properly developed and supported, can become a self-sustaining sector that contributes substantially to the national economy.
Diu pointed to examples in countries like Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have successfully harnessed the economic potential of sports. He emphasized that hosting major sporting events, such as the World Cup or continental and international competitions, could generate significant revenue for the country. Income streams could include visa fees at entry points, revenue from hotels, and restaurants, and the sale of goods to visitors and participants.
The Director of Sports stressed that it is crucial for relevant authorities to acknowledge the pivotal role of the sports sector in revitalizing the country’s economy. He expressed a desire for the sports sector to have a voice in national economic discussions and for its specific challenges and needs to be addressed. Diu believes that with proper support and investment in sports and athletes, South Sudan can reduce its dependence on government funding and create a more self-reliant sports industry that benefits both the sector and the nation as a whole.