Para-athletes to finally compete in SASAPD championships

15 Mar 2019 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) team will finally leave for Stellenbosch, South Africa Friday night to compete in the 2019 South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired (SASAPD) championships.
The team comprises 21 athletes, three officials and one medic.
The SASAPD championships are scheduled to start on Monday and end Thursday.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, NPC Secretary General Michael Hamukwaya said due to delays from their line ministry in releasing funds, the team will travel late Friday evening.
Their initial plan was to leave for South Africa in the early morning hours.
“The funds that we were supposed to receive from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service on Thursday was only deposited into our account today, which means it will only reflect in our account tomorrow (Saturday),” he said.
Despite the late release of funds, the team is ready to represent Namibia while in South Africa, he said.
Hamukwaya noted that the athletes are going to the championships as it is the only event that will give them a chance to qualify for the 2019 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships slated for 07-15 November this year in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The SASAPD championships will also be used as a qualifier for the 2020 All Africa Paralympic Games that will be held in Morocco in January for the first time.
“Our aim is to have enough athletes qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games but that can only happen if we have a bigger pool of athletes qualifying for the IPC world athletics championships,” he concluded.