07 Mar 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) - All seven amateur boxers selected to compete in the Olympics qualifiers in Cameroon are leaving for that country on Tuesday.
A lack of finance for all seven meant that by last Thursday, only three boxers - Jonas Jonas; Lazarus Shaningwa and Mathias Hamunyela - had received funding from the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) to go to Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Ministry of Youth, Sport and National Service has now however availed funds for the remaining four boxers.
The boxers and their trainers Monday paid a courtesy call on Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service Agnes Tjongarero.
During the meeting, the deputy minister encouraged the boxers to do their best and to qualify for the Olympics.
You should believe in yourself, but believing in yourself will not take you anywhere if you do not put in enough effort, so go out there and do the best you can, she said.
Also speaking during the courtesy call was Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) president Benjamin Rebang, who expressed his gratitude to the line ministry for availing the funds so all seven boxers can compete in the qualifiers scheduled for 11 to 19 March.
We had some challenges in selecting boxers for this competition because we did not have a formal championship or trial for this. We relied on our coaches and trainers to select the best team, he said.
Rebang said N.dollars 480 000 has been availed to send the boxers, coaches and other technical staff to the qualifiers.
The boxers are Jonas Jonas (64kg); Lazarus Shaningwa (60kg); and Mathias Hamunyela (49kg); Abel Mikasiu (69kg); Fillipus Nghitumbwa (56kg); Titus Joseph (75kg) and Lubben Kandimba (52kg).
Speaking to this agency on Monday, Mikasiu said he is proud to be part of the team and is ready for the competition.
The coaches have done their part in training us. Now its our part to go out there and make them proud, he said.
This will be the last boxing qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.
The following officials will accompany the boxers:
Head coach Jacob Gariseb
Assistant coach Matias Ngaluka
Team official Jeremia Nandjebo
Team manager Memory Manasse