Namibia eyes improved Cossasa performance

03 May 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibian chef de mission to the Confederation of School Sports Associations of Southern African (Cossasa) Athletics Games, John White Martin on Thursday expressed optimism about his team’s prospects at the competition.
A team of 109 track and field athletes and their officials will depart for Francistown, Botswana on Friday for the games on 07 and 08 May.
Martin is anticipating an improved performance since the 2017 games held in Harare, Zimbabwe, where they ended second overall with 74 medals of which 19 were gold, 32 silver and 23 bronze. Zimbabwe are the defending champions after winning 92 medals, while Botswana finished third with a total of 68 medals during the 18th edition of the competition.
Martin told Nampa the current national team broke many records during the 2018 national championships, and athletes have been in camp for longer than they had been prior to previous events.
“This year we have better athletes because we were able to prepare in different events than we used to do in the past. I am expecting more gold medals than we did last year in Zimbabwe,” he said.
He added that Namibia will perform well because athletes like Sade de Sousa and Anana Samandu continue to break national records at competitions.
“This year we introduced a prestige competition that was used as a preliminary qualifier for athletes and this helped us to have more competitions for these athletes unlike in the past, when we only had the nationals which was not good preparation for the athletes ahead of competitions,” said Martin.