27 Sep 2017 06:30am
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) Disabled swimmer Matheus Angula, also known as Spiderman, is hopeful more sponsors will come on board to make his first world championship participation possible.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) world championships will be used by athletes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The championship was originally slated for Mexico from 30 September to 07 October, but several earthquakes there last week and this week saw the event postponed indefinitely. More than 300 people have perished.
Angula and his coach Sonia Lindemeier need about N.dollars 82 000 for their flight tickets, accommodation and meals.
They have thus far raised N.dollars 55 000 from local companies and private individuals in Namibia and Germany.
Angula told Nampa Monday he will, in the meantime, work hard to improve his swimming times before the new dates are announced.
Namibia Paralympic Committee Secretary-General, Michael Hamukwaya told this agency on Tuesday the postponement of the event gives them time to look for more funds.
I know the athlete was ready and he is disappointed, but everything will fall into place, said Hamukwaya.
Lindemeier said they are happy to continue training at home while everything is resolved.
Angula was born without legs and competed in his first swimming competition in March last year. Later that year, he was classified by the IPC to swim freestyle in the S6 category and breaststroke in the SB5 category. He is currently ranked number one in Africa in the S6 category.
In August this year, Angula swam the 50 metres (m) freestyle in 59.79 seconds at the South African National Aquatic Championships.
In the 50m breaststroke,he managed a time of 55.13 seconds, and in the 100m freestyle, Angula clocked two minutes and 06 seconds.
More than 900 athletes from 65 countries are expected to compete for top honours during the 2017 IPC World Para Swimming and Para Powerlifting Championships.