05 Oct 2017 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) - Paralympic sprinter, Ananias Shikongo is excited to compete in the annual Coca Cola National Championships taking place at Windhoeks Independence Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
The Coca Cola National Championships is organised by the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) to bring athletes together to close off the year, while preparing them for the following year.
Shikongo, who won a silver medal in the T11, 100 metre (m) in London, England at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee World Athletics Championship, told Nampa on Thursday he will not be taking anything for granted at the championships.
He also said all the young athletes should come prepared if they are to beat him.
This is good motivation for all these young athletes who want to be like Ananias, (Johannes) Nambala or Johanna Benson in the future as they will be competing against all the elite athletes, he said, expressing happiness about competing at home.
With over 168 athletes expected to compete at the event, Shikongo said he will give it 100 per cent, just like he does when competing abroad.
We are going to compete just like we do when representing the country abroad. I have prepared really well to give a good account of myself this weekend, he said.
The championships will see athletes from 11 regions competing. Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Kunene are the three regions that have not confirmed their availability.
Shikongo, a 2016 Rio Paralympic Games gold medallist, will compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m events and explained that in order for the championships to be a success, supporters should fill up the Independence Stadium to encourage the athletes.
The championships will start at 15h00 on Friday with 100m races, 1500m races and field events of Javelin and discuss. Entrance to the stadium is free.