Team Namibia arrives in London for IPC World Athletics Champs

13 Jul 2017 09:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 13 JUL (NAMPA) – Team Namibia arrived in London on Wednesday for the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships from 14 to 23 July at the Olympic Stadium.
The team consists of four sprinters: Johannes Nambala, Ananias Shikongo, Lahja Ishitile and Eino Mushila; two guides: Even Tjiuju and Sydney Kamuaruuma; and coach Michael Hamukwaya.
However, Mushila will only arrive in London on Friday.
This will be their first major competition since the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games in September last year.
Speaking to Nampa after the team’s arrival on Wednesday, Hamukwaya, who is also Namibia Paralympic Committee secretary-general, said their aim is to continue flying the Namibian flag high.
“I am happy we arrived safely, but what is important currently is for the athletes to rest well after the long journey and then hit the training ground Thursday,” he said.
Nambala is the defending champion in the 200 metre (m) T13 category. He won a gold medal in a time of 21.74 seconds in 2016 in Doha, setting an African record.
Mushila was not allowed to fly from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Tuesday because his passport was damaged. Hamukwaya said the passport issue has since been fixed and Mushila is expected to travel to London on Thursday.