Team Namibia arrives in Stellenbosch for SASAPD championships

17 Mar 2019 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – Twenty-one athletes with disabilities and their officials arrived in Stellenbosch, South Africa Sunday morning ahead of the 2019 Toyota National Championships for the Physically Disabled.
The team will compete in track and field events during the competition that starts on Monday and ends Thursday.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Namibia Paralympic Committee Secretary General Michael Hamukwaya said he was happy to see the team arriving safely as their main focus is to see athletes physically and mentally ready for the championships.
“This is the first event we are competing in for the year and our goal is to get the best times so that our athletes can qualify for the 2019 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships,” he said.
The IPC Athletics World Championships are slated for 07 to 15 November this year in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Hamukwaya added that with the IPC also starting their own All Africa Games in 2020, the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) championships will be used as a qualifier for the 2020 All Africa Paralympic Games that will be held in Morocco in January for the first time.
“The year 2020 will really be a crucial year for us as it’s the Paralympics year and our aim is to have enough athletes qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games as well as the All Africa Games,” he said.
The coach stated that in the past Namibian athletes performed well at the SASAPD championships and he is hopeful that they will repeat their performance and run good qualifying times.