By John Tuerijama
AFTER the successful conclusion of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, all eyes are now on the 2016 Paralympics which will take place in the same city as from the first week of September this year.
Rumours have however started circulating that due to budget challenges, the scale and magnitude of the event will be affected. However, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Paralympic Games will take place as planned, despite major the budget cuts, and will act as a catalyst to positive social change in Brazil and Latin America.
According to the IPC, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s budget to deliver the Paralympic Games is not at the level they originally committed to. Despite this, the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body remains confident of the impact the Games will have on making for a more equitable society.
While budget discussions are raging, Team Namibia is raring to go and is hopeful of hauling a few medals, just as it did in the London Paralympics four years ago.
Such is the confidence of the team that the medic, Donatha Ngunovandu has given the athletes a clean bill of health. She is hopeful that none of the athletes pick up an injury ahead of the event in Rio de Janeiro.
She said athletes are in top condition, adding that their preparations have gone according to plan.
“I must admit to you that there is no reason for anyone to panic as the Paralympic athletes are really focused on the Games in Rio,” said Ngunovandu.
Part of their preparations included participating in events in South Africa and Spain. They are hoping to transfer that form and experience to Rio and bring back medals which the Namibian Olympic team could not manage to do during the Summer Olympics.
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