13 Apr 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) The Khomas Region dominated the Bank Windhoek Senior National Athletics Championships which took place here on Saturday.
The championships were held at the Independence Stadium.
Seven regions Khomas, Hardap, Erongo, Oshana, Kavango West, Kavango East and Ohangwena took part in the annual event.
The Namibian Police Force Athletics Team (NamPol Athletics); Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU); and University of Namibia (UNAM) participated in the event as associated members.
This year the Namibian Defence Force competed under the Khomas Region and not as an AN associated member.
The Khomas Region walked away with 51 medals - 21 gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze. NamPol Athletics took second spot with 20 medals - seven gold, seven silver and six bronze.
The Erongo Region came third after winning eight medals overall - one gold, two silver and five bronze.
Hardap walked away with eight medals to claim fourth position - three silver and five bronze, while Oshana Region came last on the medal standing with one bronze medal.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Athletics Namibia (AN) president Alna Similo said this years event was the best event they have organised so far.
This year we lifted the bar and invited all athletes to come and compete in the championships and they came out in numbers. We are happy that all athletes gave their best during the championships, she said.
AN is planning on hosting a bigger event next year if it gets help from the government.
We know our athletes can raise the bar much higher if they get to compete with athletes from other southern African countries, therefore we are hoping that the government will come on board next year and help sponsor the event so that we can bring the best athletes from our region to come compete with our athletes, added Similo.
She noted that associated members like NamPol, NSSU and UNAM stated that they don't want their athletes to be considered in regional teams because as clubs they have athletes all over the country, and it will be better for them to train and use their best athletes to challenge others at the national event, she said.
Similo said AN is working hard to have all the regions represented at future events.
Currently, not all regions are represented at the championships, because for a region to qualify as a member it should have at least three athletics clubs in that region. A case in point is //Karas Regions athletes who compete under Hardap because their region does not meet all requirements.
We allow these athletes to compete because we cannot prevent good athletes from challenging each other just because their region does not meet our standards, Similo stated.