06 May 2016 12:40pm
GOBABIS, 06 MAY (NAMPA) Namibia has started preparations for the upcoming Confederation of School Sports Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Ball Games, to be held in Swakopmund next week.
The games will be held from 12 to 15 May 2016, where more than 800 athletes from some neighbouring states are expected to compete.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, General Team Manager, Deon Cloete said they are confident of clinching more silverware during the competition this year.
The athletes are in a great spirit and they are really hungry for success. We want more medals, especially gold, this year and I am confident that we will achieve our targets.
The team, comprising of more than 80 athletes will compete in various disciplines such as long jump, discus, sprinting, javelin and athletics.
They started training on Tuesday and are in camp at Mile Four in Swakopmund.
Five countries are expected to be part of the competition including Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia.
The games were held in Lesotho last year, at which African-powerhouse Zimbabwe claimed top honours after clinching the highest number of gold medals in all disciplines followed by Namibia.
Cloete said intense preparations have been roped in, which include a morning training session from 9h00 to 11h00 followed by an afternoon session from 15h00 to 17h00.
Everything is going according to our plan. Our aim is to be good competition, take the trophy and keep it in Namibia. I can assure you that we will do that because our coaches are up to standard and we are really working hard.
He urged the mining sector at the coastal town to be more involved in the development of sports.
We are happy with our sponsors but I think that it is only fair for the mining companies and other businesses to be involved as sponsors since the competition is at their door step, he noted.
Meanwhile, Louis Cloete, a member of Athletics Namibia highlighted that the Cossasa games form part of a preparatory plan towards exposing local athletes to international competitions such as the upcoming World Youth Championships to be held in Kenya in June this year.
We hope that we can have some of these athletes there in Kenya this year. We are preparing them for international competitions and we have a database and the expertise to realise that goal.