Northern regions hold sub-national athletics competition

02 Mar 2019 14:20pm
OSHAKATI, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – A total of 240 athletes from the northern regions are competing in the sub-national athletics competition hosted by the Oshana Region Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) in Oshakati on Saturday.
The track and field athletes are from the Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and Omusati regions.
The aim of the one-day competition is to select the athletics team to participate in the Engine Prestige Competition and the Coca-Cola National Championships as well as represent Namibia at the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics games slated for April and May this year in eSwatini.
Speaking to Nampa at the opening ceremony of the competition here on Saturday, chairperson of the NSSU in Oshana Johnny Martin explained that all 14 regions are divided into four sub-national teams where athletes are chosen based on the qualification standards they are participating in for each age group.
Martin said once athletes are chosen at sub-national levels they will compete in the Prestige athletics competition in the Khomas Region on 23 March, where the best are chosen to represent Namibia at Cossasa.
“In the past, each region was required to submit its best athletes, however the option of sub-dividing the 14 regions allows for better potential and gives athletes a broader platform as different schools from clusters come together and select the extra outstanding athletes,” he said.
At the same event, Ondangwa Urban Constituency Councillor Elia Irmali encouraged the participating athletes to make good use of the opportunity, saying sport is one of the strong social aspects for any community, country and individual.
“Sports require hard work and team work as one will need others to excel, therefore there should not be any lack of team work. Namibia needs to be represented by its best through working together as coaches, athletes and other support systems,” he said.