20 Nov 2018 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - Team Namibias Chef de Mission for the 2018 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Games, Anton Langerman says their goal is to have a better performance than before at this years games.
The AUSC Region Five Under-20 Games will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 06 to 18 December 2018 with Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe competing against each other.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Langerman said it has been a tough year for teams to prepare for the games but he is hopeful they will do better with the little resources they have at their disposal.
We wanted to host training sessions for all the selected teams in August and November but due to financial constraints, that could not happen. The teams will be in camp before we travel to Botswana on 03 December, he said.
Despite the limited resources, Langerman stated that volleyball, basketball, boxing and football have already started preparing for the youth games.
It would have been good if we had enough time for the teams to prepare because most of these athletes are coming from different regions and for team sports they need to train together for their composure.
The chef de mission however said this years team has more athletes and they are hoping to bring more medals home and end in the top three at the games.
A group of 152 athletes were selected during the Namibia Sports Commission Youth Games held in the capital earlier this year. They will compete in athletics, para-athletics, boxing, judo, netball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, football (male and female) and basketball (male).
Team Namibia ended sixth overall with 40 medals at the 2016 AUSC Region Five Under-U20 Youth Games held in Luanda, Angola.
A team of 125 athletes competed in womens football, track and field, boxing, basketball, netball, swimming, and tennis against nine other southern African countries.
Namibia collected five gold, 19 silver and 16 bronze medals.