28 Mar 2019 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) Namibian athletes with disability made their mark once again in South Africa as they reached the qualifying standards for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships as well as the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Out of 21 athletes who represented Namibia at the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national championships in Stellenbosch this month, 13 athletes reached the qualifying standard for the world championships and 2020 Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking to Nampa recently, Namibia Paralympic Committee Secretary General, Michael Hamukwaya said seeing a number of athletes beat the qualifying standard shows that they are growing as a federation, but that more work still lies ahead.
We have in the past taken few athletes to the IPC athletics world championships as well as the Paralympic Games, having them qualify is a great feeling but we must now work hard ahead of these competitions, he said.
Hamukwaya added that having a group of athletes at a competition means nothing if they are not well prepared.
We want to continue putting our name of the world map and that can only happen if we get these athletes into camp and prepare them for the world stage which is not an easy one, said Hamukwaya, who stated that this year they will have athletes competing at the world championships and in order for them to win silverware, they must put them through conditioning which requires money that the NPC doesnt have.
The athletes who reached the 2020 Paralympic Games qualifying standards are; Johannes Nambala (T13, 100 metre (m) and 400m) Lahja Ishitile (T11, 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump), Ananias Shikongo (T11, 100m and 400m), Reginald Benade (F36, shot put), Johanna Benson (T37, 100m and 400m), Petrus Karuli (T37, 1500m) and Sylvia Shivolo (F40, shot put).
Other athletes who reached the IPC Athletic World Championships qualifying standards are; Immanuel Bernardo (T11, 100m), Bradley Murere (T46, 100m), Eino Mushila (T13, 400m), Fillemon Amos (T12, 400m), Christoph Marungu (T12, 400m) and Denzel Namene (T44, 200m).
Athletes who qualified for the IPC Athletics World Championships slated for 07-15 November this year in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, still stand a chance of improving their times and qualifying for the 2020 Paralympic Games, Hamukwaya added.