01 Feb 2019 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NPC) will be sending two athletes to Dubai for the Fazza Championships that will be held from 20-28 February 2019.
The athletes, Martha Hitekalute and Simon Shihepo will compete in field events.
The Fazza Championships for the Disabled aim to enhance the social and cultural integration of people with disabilities. Athletes compete in a variety of sporting disciplines such as stronglifts, badminton, table tennis (ping-pong), basketball, athletics, archery, boccia, and bowling.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NPC secretary general Michael Hamukwaya said the athletes to represent the country in Dubai are newcomers and have never competed internationally before.
We do not have many field event athletes in the country and these championships give us an opportunity to send athletes to this competition where they will be classified as well as compete at an international competition for the first time, he said.
The two will compete in shotput and javelin events while in Dubai.
This is a qualifying year for Paralympic Games and its really important that we have a big pool of athletes who can represent the country, he added.
Hamukwaya noted that this is going to be a challenging year in terms of funds as the NPC wants to compete in a number of competitions in order to stand a chance of having athletes to represent the country at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Hitekalute was discovered by the NPC team in the //Kharas Region during the NPC girls scouting programme that took place in 2018, while Shihepo was selected at the NPC national championships.
Coach Barbara Fernandez will accompany the athletes to the Dubai championships.
Their trip is fully sponsored by Agitos Foundation.