National track and field champs in WHK Saturday

18 Apr 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – More than 80 athletes are expected to take part in the annual Athletics Namibia (AN) National Track and Field Championships that will be held at the Independence Stadium on Saturday.
The event will see the country’s elite athletes compete for top honours and qualification for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to be held in London in August 2017.
Speaking at a media conference in the capital Tuesday, AN President Erwin Naimhwaka said the championships were originally scheduled for Oshakati but due to economic reasons the executive board of AN moved it to Windhoek.
He said the track and field championships will be exciting.
“This year the middle and long distances have emerged as the most exciting events, as there are no clear-cut favourites in the 10 000 metre (m) and 5 000m,” said Naimhwaka.
Electrifying competition is also expected in the sprint category, where Even Tjiviju will be defending his title in the 100m and 200m, with Dantago Gurirab, Hitjivirue Kaanjuka and Ismael Tjiramba all wanting to be crowned 2017 national champions.
Globine Majova, one of Namibia’s elite female sprinters, will also have stiff competition from the likes of Sade de Sousa, whom she failed to beat at the first leg of the championships.
This year’s championships will also see athletes from marginalised communities compete.
“We have invited five athletes from Opuwo to come compete at the event as we want everyone to be involved in our events,” he said.