Botes commends athletes' training in Jamaica

11 Sep 2013 07:00
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – It is a great idea to send Namibian athletes abroad for training, local sports consultant Quinton-Steele Botes has said.
Five of Namibia's top athletes left for Jamaica on Monday to prepare themselves properly for the 2016 Olympics set for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
They are Hitjivirue Kaanjuka (100m and 200m); Globine Mayova (100m and 200m); Lelanie Klaasman (100m and 400m hurdles); Tjipekapora Herunga (400m); and Dantago Gurirab (100m and 200m).
The five will be based at the University of Technology in Jamaica for three years, and are accompanied by local athletics coach Letu Hamhola.
Botes said during a media briefing on Tuesday Namibia is lacking in the development of elite athletes, referring to the phase between the Namibian national championships and competitions in the rest of the world which Namibian athletes participate in.
“If local athletes take part in regional leagues or national events before taking on international events, then it will go better with Namibian athletes,” he stated.
Botes noted that except for money lacking in Namibian sport, none of the 52 sports codes in the country are really professional.
He added that Namibia has, however, done extremely well over the past 23 years, citing some local sports codes which have qualified and participated in world competitions.