Athletics Namibia hoping for better results at African Games

08 Aug 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – Athletics Namibia (AN) vice president Xenia Pieterse says they have selected a group of athletes who they believe will do well for the country while at the African Games (AG) in Morocco.
The 12th edition of the AG will be held in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco from 16 to 31 August 2019.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Pieterse said the athletes selected to represent the country are currently busy in training and AN is hopeful that those who are going to wear the national colours will do well for themselves as well as the country.
“We have athletes from the Namibian Police who are busy with preparation in Angola and some other athletes are in Europe using whatever means at their disposal to prepare themselves well for the competition,” she noted.
She added that the only athlete she is a bit worried about is Beatrice Masilingi who is currently busy with school and might not have enough time to prepare sufficiently for the competition, but expressed confidence that the athletics team will surprise everyone with their performance at the championships.
“We are hoping for medals because the athletes are on the ball and with Roger Haitengi who is based in Johannesburg due to studies, I believe Haitengi can win a medal in long jump as he has really been doing well this year,” said Pieterse.
A group of 18 athletes and three officials will represent Namibia at the AG this year. They are Ernst Narib, Sydney Kamuruuma, Roger Haitengi, Chenoult Coetzee, Mahmad Böck, Jeremia Shaliaxwe, Beatrice Masilingi, Tjipekapora Herunga, Beata Naigambo, Jolene Jacobs, Even Tjiviju, Thasiso Aochamub, Warren Goreseb, Globine Mayova, Gilbert Hainuca, Dantago Gurirab, Ryan Williams and Lavinia Haitope.
The officials are Hendrik Botha and Tobias Hiskia (coaches) while Bethold Karumendu will be the team leader.
Twenty-nine sport codes have been announced for the 2019 AG and Namibia will participate in 12 codes - athletics, archery, boxing, chess, cycling (road and mountain bike), fencing, karate, shooting, swimming, tennis, beach volleyball and wrestling.