Namibia hosting first-ever ringball championships

05 Dec 2013 14:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - Ringball Namibia will host its first-ever championship in Windhoek on Saturday, 07 December.
Ringball Namibia president Christi Mutota told Nampa in a telephonic interview from Gobabis in the Omaheke Region on Wednesday that ringball is still a little known sport in Namibia.
“But it is a sport code that is very traditional in neighbouring South Africa,” she said.
She explained that ringball has been played in South Africa since 1907 by the Afrikaans-speaking community, where it was known as ‘korfbal’.
Ringball was introduced to Namibia through the Physically Active Youth (PAY) programme in 2010 and it is played as part of the programme’s after-school activities by the students who are part of the PAY programme, as well as out-of-school youth.
It is played by nine players per team.
“Ringball is now an official sport code in Namibia, registered with the Namibian Sport Commission in 2013,” Mutota said, adding that it is however not yet very popular with Namibians.
This leads to a lack of financial support which would help to fast-track the sport’s development.
“We have approached several local companies for sponsorships, but some were not willing to sponsor an unfamiliar sport. We are still hoping for positive feedback from some other companies,” she said.
In preparation for Saturday’s championship, fundraising activities in the form of a braai was held at the Katutura Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre in Windhoek last Saturday.
“We did not raise enough money, so we are still in need of N.dollars 7 000 so that we will be able to buy sport uniforms to be used by our four teams during Saturday’s championship,” Mutota noted.
She further pointed out that funds for, amongst others, transport and refreshments during the championship event are also needed.
Saturday’s ringball championship is being held upon a request by the International Ringball Foundation (IRF) for a regional Under-17 championship event to be hosted.
Apart from Namibia, Mutota said, Botswana and South Africa are the two other countries participating in this sporting event.
The event is set to take place at the Katutura Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre’s netball court.