05 May 2017 10:20am
By Marco Ndlovu
HARARE, 05 MAY (NAMPA) Namibia won 30 medals on the first day of the Confederation of Southern African School Sports Associations (Cosassa) Games in Harare, Zimbabwe on Thursday.
These are nine gold medals, 15 silver and six bronze.
The gold medals were won by Megan le Roux (girls high jump); Leo Breytenbach (discuss boys); Tuane Silver (shot put and discus girls); Danel Dreyer (javelin girls); Natalie Louw (long jump and high jump); Ryan Williams (shot put boys); and Ludwig Hubber (javelin boys).
Namibia is currently second to host Zimbabwe, who won 16 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 16 bronze medals thus far.
Botswana are third with eight gold, five silver and 10 bronze.
The 18th edition of the games kicked off at the National Sports Stadium, amid late withdrawals from Zambia, Lesotho and Swaziland, while Malawi arrived late and will only join the competition on Friday.
Logistical issues, including the late arrival of some equipment for games, caused the games to kick-off two hours later than anticipated.
Speaking to Nampa after the conclusion of the days activities, General Manager of Team Namibia, Fidelis Tibinyane said the performance was satisfactory, but was influenced by outside factors.
We started very late today, meaning we had to forgo lunch; the children competed on empty stomachs, he said.
Tibinyane also lamented that the team travelled late from Namibia, hence the children could not rest. He said this has to change in future.
He expects the team to perform better on Friday, because they would have rested and acclimatised well.
Competition continues on Friday after the official opening ceremony, which will be graced by the Zimbabwean Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora.
Team Namibia consists of 47 girls and 58 boys.