Ekandjo arrives in Brazzaville for AAG games

02 Sep 2015 11:10am
By Hesron Kapanga

BRAZZAVILLE, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo arrived in Brazzaville, Congo on Tuesday ahead of the 11th edition of the All Africa Games (AAG).
The minister is scheduled to attend three meetings here on Wednesday and Thursday.
The meeting on Wednesday will be hosted by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
On Thursday, the minister will attend two meetings focusing on the African Union’s Specialized Technical Committees (STC) on Youth, Culture and Sport and a Sub-Committee meeting of the STC Ministers of Sport.
These meetings will also caucus on anti-doping in sports at the 2015 and 2019 AAG.
Ekandjo is the third Vice-Chairperson of the African Union Bureau on Sport, Youth and Culture while Namibia is the current outgoing nation. Ivory Coast is the present member and Congo, Brazzaville is the incoming member.
Speaking to Nampa at the Maya-Maya International Airport in Brazzaville on Tuesday, the minister said he would like to first familiarize himself with the environment and also look at how Namibian athletes have settled in before commenting on his meetings and Namibia’s participation at the games.
The minister and his delegation of four members are expected to return to Namibia on 06 September after attending the opening ceremony on Friday and watching the first games of the AAG.
A group of eight boxers, two disabled body athletes, two gymnasts and their officials became the first group from Team Namibia to arrive in Congo, Brazzaville for the 2015 AAG on Friday and Sunday. The rest of the team is expected to arrive between the 01 and 08 September.
Namibia will be sending 79 athletes and 48 officials to this year’s 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 year’s games, including athletics and swimming for athletes with disabilities.
Team Namibia returned with seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze - from the 2011 AAG held in Maputo.