23 Jul 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia will send a team of 81 athletes to the 12th edition of the African Games taking place in Rabat, Morocco from 19 to 31 August 2019.
This years event marks the 54th anniversary of the games, and will see 17 sports codes using the games as qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Twenty-nine sports codes have been announced for the 2019 African Games, which will not include athletes with disabilities as they will, for the first time, host their own African Games in January 2020.
Namibia will participate in 12 sports codes - athletics, archery, boxing, chess, cycling (road and mountain bike), fencing, karate, shooting, swimming, tennis, beach volleyball and wrestling.
Team Namibia will be accompanied by 20 officials including medics, a doctor and members of the organising committee.
Making the announcement here on Monday, Namibia Sports Commission Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya said the teams are currently busy with their paces ahead of the games.
At many times we have a budget but the money is not released on time by treasury for teams to prepare for the games, but that will not stop us from asking the teams to use their own funds for such preparations, he said.
The chief administrator added that sports codes like boxing are well prepared because they hosted their national championships in Katima Mulilo and had a competition with Angolan boxers, which helped them in preparing for the African Games.
Tjeripo Musutua, a member of the local organising committee, told the media only the best athletes were selected to represent the country in Morocco so they can score good qualifying times for the 2020 Olympic Games.