27 Mar 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - An elite team of local athletes living with disabilities and who are members of the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN), will leave for South Africa on Friday.
The 26 athletes are scheduled to participate in the Nedbank National Championships slated for 31 March to 02 April at Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.
Speaking at a media briefing in Windhoek on Thursday, NPCN Secretary-General Penandino Kandjii said because of the specific classifications and categories at the event, they are unable to send as many athletes as they would like to.
She stated that they are not sending developing athletes, but those who have already participated in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events, and who are thus already classified according to the categories they belong to.
There are, for example, athletes who are slightly visually impaired, and those who are completely visually impaired.
So, what they do at classification is they are not put into the same category because they do not have the same features. What happens is that those in the same category compete against each other, Kandjii explained.
Paralympics swimmer Gideon Nasilowski said at the briefing that people working with Paralympic athletes must ensure that they provide them with factual information regarding their participation in international sports events.
Paralympics have a lot of rules, and its a very complex game and has a lot of things that need to be considered.
When you do not understand what you are sharing with the athlete yourself, then you are likely to create false hopes for the athlete, which will be heartbreaking, he noted.
Nasilowski stated that as Paralympics is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in the country, they want to produce more athletes.
Coca-Cola Namibia also donated N.dollars 70 000 to the NPCN during the briefing.