Winning a medal at the Paralympics will be a bonus: Soroseb

13 Sep 2016 15:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia’s two-time Paralympic power-lifter Ruben Soroseb will use all his experience to win a medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He competed at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2012 London Paralympic Games, where he ended 15th and ninth, respectively.
Soroseb will compete in the 107-kilogramme powerlifting final on Wednesday at 15h00 Namibian time.
He told Nampa on Sunday that he is happy to have qualified for the games in Rio.
“I am ready and looking forward to the competition. I will be happy if I win a medal for my country as it will be a bonus and if I don’t win, I will go back to the drawing board and work hard again,” he said.
The athlete, however, said powerlifting does not get the necessary financial and coaching support back home, which always makes it difficult for him to compete when he qualifies for competitions.
“Power-lifting is one of the sports codes that do not get support in Namibia. I train by myself and I do not have competitions to compete in at home, but I do not have time to complain about it as it won’t help right now. I just need to be happy that I am fortunate enough to represent my country at three Paralympic Games.”
Soroseb added that he is not sure if he will continue with the sport after the games, since there is a lack of support back home.
“I am really not sure if I will continue being a power-lifter after these games. In the past, I used to be a discus thrower and might do that or shot-put because with those sport codes one can get support.”
Nine athletes are representing Namibia at this year’s Paralympic Games in athletics, swimming and powerlifting.