Africa Archery champs kick off in Windhoek

29 Jan 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – Formerly disadvantaged Namibians can become successful archers because the sport is similar to shooting traditional bows and arrows.
These sentiments were expressed by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero during the official opening of the 11th African Archery Championships in the capital on Friday.
Tjongarero said young people will be able to adapt to this sport naturally and as a result, will excel nationally and internationally in this discipline. She appealed to the athletes to be guided by the spirit of friendship, fair play and excellence during this competition.
“The greatest thing in sport is that there is always room for improvement. We can all work on improving our skills.”
In support of the sport and its development, Tjongarero expressed appreciation for the generosity of the private and public sector through sponsorship towards the hosting of the championships.
Speaking at the same occasion, the President of the Archery Association of Namibia, Frank Bochmühl said archery is still a marginal sport in Africa but through the cooperation between member associations the interest in archery will increase across the continent.
The championships are taking place at the Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) sports grounds from Friday to Sunday.
About 85 archers from 14 African countries, including Namibia, are participating in the three-day event.
The other competing countries are South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Chad, Malawi, Tunisia, Libya, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Benin and Algeria.
The championships serve as a qualifying competition for recurve bow archers to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while the compound bow archers will be competing to qualify for the 2017 Archery World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland.
The event started on Friday with the qualification round, which will rank the archers before the elimination round on Saturday. Individual archers, mixed teams (men and women) as well as teams (three members) are competing.