Craven to represent Namibia at Olympics

10 Feb 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) - Professional cyclist Dan Craven has been selected to represent Namibia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Craven, a professional cyclist who used to ride for team Europcar, is now with a new team in Israel called Cycling Academy.
He will be Namibia’s sole male representative in cycling at this year's Olympics.
Last Thursday, the Olympic Committee announced a points allocation system detailing how points will be allocated to an individual who will represent the country.
The points were determined by the events that the cyclist participated in throughout 2015, with the National Championships counting 40 per cent towards the total, while the 2015 All Africa Games and the Africa Tour each counts 30 per cent.
Another event that also determined the final selection was the Pupkewitz National Road Race Championships, which was held in the capital on Sunday morning.
Craven beat Till Drobisch and Costa Seibeb to the line to be crowned this year's national champion
On Wednesday at a joint media conference by the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and Namibia Cycling Federation in Windhoek, it was announced that Craven was the successful candidate to represent the country at the continental showpiece in Brazil.
Abner Xoageb, president of the NNOC, said they wished to have two cyclists representing the country in Brazil, but Namibia was only allocated one spot.
“It would have really been nice two have two riders at the Olympic Games so they could help each other on the road but that is not the case. We are only going to send Dan Craven. The NNOC will do its level best to prepare all our athlete well for the games.
“We will have Till as a standby should anything happen to Dan,but we are not wishing for that to happen because at the moment Dan is the most experienced cyclist in the country,” he said.
Craven gained 72.08 points from the events he participated in, while Drobisch came second on 30.00 points. Seibeb came third with 28.04 points, while Xavier Papo came fourth with 11.43 points and Lotto Petrus came in fifth place with 10.00 points.
Xoageb added that female cyclist, Vera Adrian and Michelle Kruger will be leaving for Morocco later this month where they will also compete at the African Championships for an Olympic spot and they are keeping their fingers crossed for Namibia to get a spot. The same system that was used to select a male representative would be used to select a female representative.
In the women’s category, South Africa has already qualified for the Olympics, and the first country besides South Africa that will cross the line in Morocco in the road race will obtain a ticket to Rio.