NPC athletics national championships slated for this weekend

19 Sep 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) will host its national championship from Friday to Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
The championships will see Namibia’s upcoming and elite athletes competing in track and field events.
NPC secretary general Michael Hamukwaya told Nampa in an interview on Thursday about 120 athletes from Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kharas, Hardap, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Khomas and the two Kavango regions [East and West] are expected to showcase their talents during the two-day event.
“Athletes that were selected to compete at these championships had to reach a national standard, which most did not make. That’s why some regions will only have less than 10 athletes but we are happy to see more young athletes selected in many regions to make up their cream of the crop teams,” he said.
Hamukwaya added that the NPC did not receive entries from Zambezi, Kunene and Omaheke but vowed that these are some of the issues the NPC aims to address in the future.
“We are going to start with the championships on Friday but that day will just be for classification of our athletes and come Saturday, every region will want to beat Erongo for top honours since they have performed well for the past years,” Hamukwaya said.
The secretary general told this agency preparations for the championships have gone well thus far, starting from the regional championships that were held in the different regional to select athletes.
Athletes will compete in track events ranging from 100 metre (m) to 1 500m races, while field events will comprise of discuss, shot-put, javelin and wheelchair racing.