20 Jan 2015 09:50am
OMUNGWELUME, 20 JAN (NAMPA) Environment and Tourism Deputy Minister, Pohamba Shifeta has urged young people to become involved in sports activities and to refrain from abusing alcohol and drugs.
Speaking at Omungwelume settlement in the Ongenga Constituency of Ohangwena Region on Sunday, Shifeta said he wants to see more young athletes participating in the Simon Gabriel Shokonawa Marathon race.
The marathon will be held on 31 January, with the race starting at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region and finishing at Omungwelume in the Ohangwena Region.
Shifeta and business personalities such as Erkan Tolitokini Ndume, David Kambwa Sheehama and Fritz Shetweni Hamalwa were at Omungwelume on Sunday to affirm their support for the marathon race.
The deputy minister said the Simon Gabriel Shokonawa Marathon is an opportunity for the young people of Namibia to explore their long-distance running talents.
'It is important for the youth to take part in these type of sports activities, so that they can stay away from negative things like alcohol and drugs,' said Shifeta.
He commended Simon Shokonawa Gabriel, who was also at Omungwelume on Sunday, for initiating the marathon event.
The race will be made up of different race distances, such as a category for 5 kilometres running, 10km, 21.1km (half marathon) and 42.2km (full marathon)
Gabriel told Nampa that it is an open marathon race, and athletes are asked to register their participation before 28 January 2015.
The marathons top prizes are N.dollars 5 000 for the winner in the 42.2km race, N.dollars 3 000 for the runner-up and N.dollars 1 000 for the third-ending athlete in this category.
Gabriel pointed out that 150 athletes participated in the Simon Gabriel Shokonawa Marathon race that took place between Ondangwa and Oshikango last month.
Deputy Minister Pohamba Shifeta was one of the 10km race participants in the December race, and he has indicated that he will also be one of the participants in the same category on the 31st of this month, said Gabriel.
A community activist and upcoming businessman at Omungwelume settlement, Kleofas Kapweya is in charge of the registration process for the races at that settlement.