09 Aug 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero said athletes representing the country at the 2019 African Games (AG) should use the platform to compete instead of just participating.
She said this on Friday here during the sending off ceremony of the AG team to Rabat, Morocco.
Tjongarero said the 12th edition of the AG will see close to 7000 athletes competing for silverware as well as best times that will qualify them for the 2020 Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
As a nation, we dont have money due to this global economic crisis which is affecting every nation, but despite not having enough money, we still need to go to these games and compete, especially those athletes who have been at these games before, she said.
The deputy minister added that senior athletes who have represented the country at a number of international competitions should start winning silverware and be exemplary to others instead of just being participants all the time.
Tjongarero also stated that playing sports at the highest level is all about winning and therefore coaches should be on their A-game so as to get the best out of the athletes.
Its important that you stay focus and learn from other coaches while at the same time instilling the best ethics in your athletes and staying away from all the negative effects that can influence yourself and athletes, she said.
There are going to be world class athletes but as athletes I want you to make this experience one of the best in your sporting memories.
Twenty-nine sport codes have been announced for the 2019 AG and Namibia will participate in 10 codes after chess and tennis were removed from the list as their athletes did not meet the required standards to compete at these continental championships.
Codes representing Namibia are; athletics, archery, boxing, cycling (road and mountain bike), fencing, karate, shooting, swimming, beach volleyball and wrestling.
A team of 52 athletes, 15 coaches, media personnel and local organising committee members will represent Namibia at the AG that will be held in Rabat, Morocco from 16 to 31 August 2019.