29 Apr 2015 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) The Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) on Wednesday received a sponsorship of N.dollars 100 000 from Nedbank Namibia.
The team will use the funds to participate in the 2015 Continental African Mountain Bike Championships in Rwanda from 05 to 10 May.
The championship will also serve as the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Speaking during the handing over in Windhoek, Nedbank Namibias Executive for Strategy, Transformation, Marketing and Communication, Andreas Mwoombolo said their relationship with the NCF has gone from strength to strength.
In 2013, we sponsored our national cycling team for the African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Egypt, and now we are honoured to do the same for the mountain biking national team as they head off to Rwanda, said Mwoombolo.
He added that all cyclists who take part in Nedbanks events or who represent the country internationally have lived up to Nedbanks expectations.
We have nothing but admiration for the meticulous preparation of our national team for the duels that await them as they set up to compete against the very best cyclists our continent has produced in recent times, he said.
Seven athletes will represent Namibia at the event. They are Heiko Redecker and Xavier Papo in the Elite Mens category; Michael Pretorius and Martin Freyer (Under-23 Men); Michelle Voster (Elite Ladies); and Tristan de Lange and Brandon Plaatjies (Junior Men).
The team will leave for Rwanda on Sunday and return to Namibia on 12 May.
The team is being accompanied by Aidan de Lange (manager); Hans du Toit (coach) and NFC president Mannie Heymans, who will provide technical support.
There are only two open spaces for the Olympic qualifiers in Rwanda.
Other countries partaking in the championships are South Africa; Mauritius; and the host nation Rwanda.