06 Mar 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) Namibia could have its first-ever beach volleyball team at the 2016 Olympic Games in August for the first time.
The teams hoping to make it to Rio de Janeiro are made up of Julia Laggner and Kim Seebach; as well as Rosi Hennes and Stephanie Palmhert.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Sunday by representatives of the Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) said the last obstacle to overcome are the final stages of the African Qualifiers scheduled for 13 to 18 April in Nigeria, with the exact venue still to be confirmed.
Rubbing shoulders with hosts Nigeria as well as the other African powerhouses such as Egypt and Rwanda, the Namibian team will have to win the event in order to secure their ticket for Brazil, reads the statement.
It added that their dream of qualifying for the continental games however also comes with a price and sponsors are being sought to finance their plans.
The lack of finances has cast dark clouds over Namibias participation as flights, accommodation and funds for preparation need to be acquired as soon as possible in order to compete, it quotes national coach James Verrinder as saying.
Despite this, the two teams have been hard at work ever since last year.
After pushing through to the second qualification round in Egypt, both pairs trained up to five times a week on court while specialised conditioning training at FX Fitness and nutrition plans gave them even more of a competitive advantage.
We worked mainly on improving our partnerships. A big focus was also placed on attacking the ball and on serve and receive. There have been dramatic improvements since then, said Verrinder.
Twelve African nations have been invited to the continental showdown. The format of play is yet to be decided but it is likely that two groups of six teams each will be formed.
In the group stage, the two teams of each country face off against each other in four games, meaning one nation needs three wins for a win. In case of a stalemate, a golden set decides the winner.
Interested sponsors can contact James Verrinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0814554571.