Team Namibia leaves for Bloemfontein

24 Mar 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) – A group of 36 athletes with disabilities and three officials left for South Africa Saturday morning for the 2018 South Africa Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled from 28 March to 03 April in Bloemfontein.
The team will compete in track and field events.
Speaking during the send-off ceremony at the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service on Friday, Deputy Minister Agnes Tjongarero said the Namibian nation has been spoiled by athletes with disability in winning medals.
Tjongarero said she is expecting this crop of athletes to also do well in South Africa.
“You have big shoes to fill because those before you, like Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and Johanna Benson got us used to gold medals and as a nation, we are going to expect to see those medals when you come back,” she said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Chairperson of the Namibia Sport Commission Freddy Mwiya said Namibia’s athletes with disabilities always perform very well for their country.
“Your contribution to Namibia through sport has always put us on the map, and I am proud to say in South Africa you are going to do well and bring home a lot of medals. Please make Namibia proud as you always do,” he said.
The Namibia Paralympic Committee is working on building a bigger pool of athletes for the 2020 Paralympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan.