03 Feb 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - The national cycling team might miss the African Cycling Championships due to a financial crises within the transport division of the Ministry of Youth, National, Services, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC).
The Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF)'s treasurer Rolf Adrian told Nampa on Tuesday that the line ministry has approved a bus to ferry the team to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where the event will take place from 09 to 14 February.
The riders are due to depart this Friday.
We have not yet received the bus, and they told us that there is no money as the transport budget had been depleted, he said.
The NCF still has hopes of getting the bus, because making another plan to get transport will not be easy for them.
Adrian, who is the team manager for the group of 16 cyclists, said everything else is in place including accommodation in South Africa.
He said it is their first time taking such a big group to the championships, and they look forward to bringing medals back home.
We have high ambitions in the womens and juniors time-trial, he said, adding that the individual time-trial will however not be a walk in the park.
Meanwhile, the problem with transport from the ministry also affected the senior national netball championship for the northern regions which were scheduled for this past weekend in Rundu. These games were postponed indefinitely.
Approached for comment, transport officer at the MYNSSC, Justy Kuhanga told this agency on Tuesday that the Sports Directorate had overspent its money last year.
We are waiting for the budgeting people in the ministry to load the money onto the system so we can issue the cycling people with transport, she said, adding that this might happen by Wednesday this week.