By John Tuerijama
A LACK of funds has caused the Namibia Wrestling Federation (NWF) not to compete in international competitions where wrestlers would have had the opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
NWF president Lukas Maree said lack of funding was the main reason why no Namibian wrestler will be in Brazil for the Summer Olympics which start in August, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
“We need to have our wrestlers in more international competitions,” said Maree, adding that lack of funding contributed negatively on Namibia’s wrestlers’ qualification for Brazil.
He said three of the country’s leading wrestlers, Lukas Thomas, Sem Shilimela and Jason Afrikaner were the only ones who attempted to qualify during the African qualifiers in Algeria earlier this year but all three did not make the grade. He said Afrikaner broke his ankle while Thomas was pitted against the eventual gold medallist.
Although Thomas won bronze it was not good enough to qualify for the Olympics as only gold and silver medallists are recognised for qualification.
On the future of wrestling, Maree confirmed that some senior wrestlers have retired from the sport but that the federation was busy with a development plan to have more youngsters join the sport.
“This development plan could be borrowed by other sports codes and be adapted to their needs. We are also on track with our plans to expand to other regions with the opening of new clubs.
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