Mushila joins team in London for IPC Championships

15 Jul 2017 11:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – Sprinter Eino Mushila joined the Namibian team at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships on Friday.
Team Namibia departed for London on Tuesday to compete in the eighth IPC World Athletics Championships.
Mushila - who competes in the same T13 categories as Johannes Nambala, the 200 metre (m), 100m and 400m races - was however not allowed to fly from Hosea Kutako International Airport with the rest of the team because his passport was damaged.
Athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities compete in the IPC Athletics World Championships, which started Friday and end next Sunday
Originally it was organised every four years, but this changed in 2011 and it is now organised every two years.
Mushila arrived in London Friday night and will compete in his first heats of the T13, 100m Sunday morning at 11h30, Namibian time.
Namibia National Paralympic Committee Secretary General and coach of the team, Michael Hamukwaya told Nampa Saturday morning he is happy to see Mushila joining the team a day before his first event as he will have enough time to recover from jet lag.
Hamukwaya said they do not expect the sprinter to start winning medals like his senior team members yet.
“At the moment we want him to gain as much experience as possible as this is his first major event. I am however hopeful that by 2024 he will be a force to reckon with and medals will come,” he said.
Besides Mushila and Nambala, the other athletes competing are Ananias Shikongo and Lahja Ishitile.
The guides are Even Tjiviju and Sydney Kamuaruuma.