16 Jun 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) - The town of Omaruru will again host the annual Olympic Day celebrations on Saturday.
The town also hosted the mini-Olympic event last year. The day is aimed at motivating local athletes to realise the importance of participating in future Olympic Games.
This year, 10 sports codes will feature in the one-day event, compared to seven codes last year.
We are going to have different sports codes, and about 1 000 Namibians will celebrate the Olympic Day in Omaruru, said Berthold Karumendu, the sports officer in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service in the Erongo Region.
He said during a media conference in the capital on Tuesday athletes will compete in karate, tennis, basketball, netball, beach volleyball, boxing, 60 metre sprint, chess, mountain biking and football.
The venue is again the Luna Park sports field.
Karumendu said highlights of the event will be the mountain biking and boxing bonanza, which will end off the days activities.
Preparations are well underway and all towns in the Erongo Region are urged to send teams to the event.
The sports officer said Omaruru could become one of the best towns in the country to host sports events.
We currently have all the sports facilities but these are just not maintained. We are hoping that people and/or businesses will give funds to develop or renovate facilities that are just standing in idle while some are falling apart, he said.
The event kicks off at 07h00 and ends at 14h00 with a certificates handover.