30 Aug 2015 18:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BRAZZAVILLE, 30 AUG (NAMPA) A group of eight boxers, two disabled body athletes and their officials became the first group from Team Namibia to arrive in Congo, Brazzaville for the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) on Friday.
Namibia will be sending 79 athletes and 48 officials to this years AAG. They will participate in athletics, boxing, cycling, karate, swimming, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, and sports for the disabled.
About 22 sports codes have been announced for this years games, including athletics and swimming for athletes with disabilities.
The 2015 All Africa Games, which take place from 04 to 19 September 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the games, as well as its return to Brazzaville which hosted the first edition in 1965.
The first group of athletes who travelled to the games left Windhoek on Thursday and arrived here on Friday. The rest of the team will travel to Brazzaville on the 01, 03 or 08 September.
The opening ceremony of the 11th edition of the AAG will be on 04 September.
Speaking to Nampa upon the teams arrival at the Maya-Maya International Airport in Brazzaville on Friday, powerlifting para-athlete Ruben Soroseb, who has represented Namibia at the Commonwealth Games and Paralympic Games before, said he is excited and looking forward to competing at the AAG for the first time.
I am really looking forward to the games. This will be the first time that I compete with only African athletes and I trained hard for these games. I am hoping I will have the right mind set on the day of the games and hopefully do the nation and myself proud, said Soroseb.
Soroseb has competed in the Commonwealth Games twice - in 2010 in New Delhi, India where he ended ninth and in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, where he was sixth.
He also ended in 11th place at the 2012 Paralympic Games that were held in London in the United Kingdom.
Another athlete who has represented Namibia before at the AAG; Commonwealth Games and Olympics is boxer Mujandjae Kasuto, who told this agency that he has learned a lot from his previous participations and he is hoping to use that experience to his advantage.
This time around I am hoping to reach the final. With the help of my coach, God, plus my wife and kids at home, I really expect to do better.
I have been at these Games before and I now know how things really work, so people should expect the unexpected when I step into the ring this time around, he stated.
Kasuto reached the quarter-finals in 2011 at the AAG in Maputo, Mozambique, while at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland he was eliminated in the round of 16.
Team Namibia returned with seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze - from the 2011 AAG held in Maputo.