Lack of funds affect athletes performance: NPCN

08 Apr 2014 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) - Lack of funds to send athletes for a training camp influenced their performance in the Nedbank National Championships in South Africa, the Secretary-General of the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN) Penandino Kandjii has said.
Kandjii told Nampa here on Monday that although all 26 athletes with disabilities did well in that event, they could all done better had there been money for them to train more.
The athletes brought home more than 45 medals - gold, silver and bronze - after their participation against top athletes both from South Africa and other southern African.
The games took place from 31 March to 02 April in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
She said that with more training, Namibia’s athletes with disabilities can bring home more medals.
“Lack of funds will not hold us back from doing what we do best at Paralympics, as we will continue to do our best as before,” she said.
Meanwhile, Namibia will send about seven athletes to the Commonwealth Games, which include elite athletes and new athletes.
Kandjii said those going to the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place from 23 July to 03 August, will be send for camping to prepare them for the competition with funds from the Namibia National Namibia Olympic Committee.
Namibia's Paralympic star Johanna Benson won gold in the women's T37 400m, 200m and 100m.
Namibia’s other gold medals were won by among others Mateus Angula (male F54 javelin throw); Lahja Ishitile (women’s T11 100m, 200m, 400m); Chamelle van der Westhuizen (F57 discus, javelin, shotput); Rosa Mandjoro (T13 100m, 200m); Eliakim Aihuki (T12 800m); Anna Kambinda (T11 100m, 200m); Albertina Johannes (T46 200m); Mukongo Ihemba (T12 100m, 200m); Ananias Shikongo (T11 100m, 200m, 400m); Johannes Nambala (T13 100m, 200m); Simson Kariseb (T456 long jump, 200m); Elias Ndimulunde (T46 100m, 200m); Johanna Katjikuru (T12 100m, 400m); Peter Balhao (F56 shotput); Martin Allosius (T12 400m).