Sport codes must do the groundwork: Mwiya

29 May 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), Freddy Mwiya has called on sport codes in the country to work hard to place Namibia on the regional sport map.
His said this on Monday at NSC offices during a welcoming ceremony of Namibian athletes and a journalist who won awards at the second edition of the Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA).
The RASA awards were held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday and three Namibian athletes and a sport journalist walked away with four of the 12 awards that were contested for on the night.
Mwiya said the time had come for the nation to start recognising and accepting all the hard work done by athletes.
He added that winning four awards at the RASA awards should be used as an encouragement for all Namibian athletes and administrators to start working hard.
“We entered eight Namibian athletes for the awards and four of them walked away with trophies and the other four finished as runners-up.”
The RASA awards recognise 2016 Sports Achievers within the 10-member states of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC), Region Five.
The 10 Members States are Angola; Botswana; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia, South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Namibia’s 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallist Ananias Shikongo walked away with the Disability Sportsman of the Year award after beating Charl Du Toit, from South Africa and Munyaradzi Musariri from Zimbabwe for top honours.
Another Namibian athlete, Johanna Benson won the Disability Sportswoman of the Year award against Ilse Hayes from South Africa and Margaret Bangajena from Zimbabwe.
Namibian Mayvonne Swart walked away with the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award.
Kaino Nghitongo won Namibia’s fourth award at the RASA after beating Thabiso Sithole, of South Africa and Henry Mhara of Zimbabwe to the accolade of the Journalist of the Year.
Other Namibians who finished as runners-up are Dalamo Muller in Kick Boxing for Junior Sportsman of the Year; Rudolf De Wet Moolman in Karate for Sportsman of the Year; Baeta Naigombo in Athletics for Sportswoman of the Year and Michael Humukwanya of Paralympic Committee for Coach of the Year.
Shikongo was also nominated for Sportsman of the Year category but lost out to Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa who returned the accolade he won in its maiden year.