Fredericks to get statue at Independence Stadium

05 Jul 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - Legendary sprinter Frank Fredericks will be honoured with a statue at the Independence Stadium in Olympia, Windhoek, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa announced on Thursday.
Simataa said the decision to erect such a statue was taken at the ninth Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday in the capital.
“This Namibian individual participated in the Olympics in 1992 and propelled this country to the world map. It’s not only once that he did well for the country, but on numerous occasions and based on the merit of his contribution from Independence up until he retired, we made a decision to erect his image at the Independence Stadium,” said Simataa.
Fredericks is the only Namibian sprinter to have won a medal for Namibia at the Olympics since Independence in 1990. He won silver medals in the 100 and 200 meter races at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Simataa said the statue will be erected based on the Procurement Act that governs the procurement of goods and services in Namibia.
“Having promulgated this act we have to first ensure that there are people who can offer these services locally and if they are not available, we will then source it elsewhere.
“The specification of setting up this statue will have to be met so that the legendary person that we are honouring will not fall down with the slightest wind. That is why we will look at those who can offer value for money when erecting this statue,” he said. (NAMPA)