By John Tuerijama
NO last minute w i t h d r a w a l s are expected from Team Namibia ahead of the country’s participation in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As Namibian athletes were rounding up their preparations and trickling into the Brazilian city, the nation has been assured that the team is injury free and ready to take on the world. The last group of Namibians is expected to arrive in Rio on Saturday.
Namibia National Olympic Committee president, Abner Xoagub said Team Namibia was looking forward to compete in Rio, and not just merely participating or making up the numbers.
He said most athletes had over three months to prepare, which he said was great for them and their coaches. Xoagub has also appreciated the excellent cooperation from the national federations, coaches, and athletes.
Apart from Xoagub and NNOC secretary general Joan Smit, Minister of Sport, Jerry Ekandjo and his Deputy, Agnes Tjongarero are also part of the Namibian delegation to South America. The team is led by Jesse Schickerling as Chef de Mission while Jurgen Hoffman is the team’s psychologist and Anna-Mart Kruger as the physiotherapist.
The Namibian athletes and coaches who will do duty for Namibia in Rio are:
Athletes: Tobias Hiskia (coach/manager), Robert Nghipandulwa Kaxuxuena (coach), Beata Nandjala Naigambo, Helalia Lukeiko Johannes, Alina Armas and Mynhardt Mbeumuna Kauanivi.
Boxing: Jacob Gariseb ( c o a c h / m a n a g e r ) , Mathias Tulyoongeleni Hamunyela and Jonas Junias Jonas.
Cycling: Heletjie Emily van Staden, Johannes Frederick Heymans, Johan Vorster, Dominic le Roux, Vera Adrian, Michelle Vorster and Dan Craven.
Shooting: Gaby Ahrens.
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