Namibia in top 10 rankings at AG

22 Aug 2019 13:40pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – Team Namibia ended day five of the African Games (AG) ranked ninth out of the 53 countries competing at the continental championships currently underway in Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco.
Since the competition started on 16 August 2019 in Rabat team Namibia has thus far competed in three sport codes which are beach volleyball, cycling and boxing.
On Wednesday Namibian mountain bike athletes won the country’s first medals (gold and silver), which left Namibia as one of two countries from Southern Africa to fall in the competition’s top 10 rankings, with South Africa ranked third with 14 medals (seven gold, five silver and two bronze).
The medal standing is led by Egypt with 30 medals; eight gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze, while Algeria is second with 21 medals; seven gold, six silver and eight bronze.
The host nation Morocco is fourth on the medal standing with 21 medals; five gold, nine silver and seven bronze. The fifth position is occupied by Tunisia with 16 medals (three gold, five silver and eight bronze).
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Namibia Sport Commission Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, expressed his happiness with what the country has achieved thus far at the AG.
“We only have three sports that competed out of the 11 that we brought. Overall, we are proud of what our athletes did because it shows that cycling is a priority sport code and their achievements should be a motivation for others that are still going to compete later in the competition,” he said.
He added that having Namibia and South African in the top 10 three days after the opening ceremony shows that the athletes want to do well for their countries while competing with the best in Africa.
The chief administrator added that with volleyball finishing sixth at the competition it clearly shows that if more resources were availed, then more medals would have been won for Namibia at the 2019 AG.