By John Tuerijama
ATHLETICS Namibia (AN) Secretary General (SG), Immanuel Hamutenya expressed his satisfaction with the performance displayed at the second Coca Cola Regional Club Challenge held at the Independence Stadium in Oshakati last weekend.
In an interview with Confidente, Hamutenya said the event produced serious upsets as seasoned athletes such as Dantango Gurirab and Erven Tjiviju were left eating dust.
Hamutenya said the pressure is now on Gurirab and Tjiviju to produce sterling performances at the third Coca Cola Regional Club Challenge scheduled for April 8 in Swakopmund.
“I expected both Gurirab and Tjiviju to perform exceptionally well due to their experience but I am confident that they have a daunting task to overcome in Swakopmund,” stressed Hamutenya.
“It was really a shock and a surprise to see some of Namibia’s very best being beaten hands down but I am hopeful of a comeback at the third regional club challenge and the eventual national championship still to come,” he said.
While the regional championships and the upcoming Coca Cola Top Ten Challenge this weekend offers opportunities for athletes to improve their performances, Hamutenya has bemoaned the lack of financial support to these athletes.
He said athletes would like to do well locally and also compete in South Africa but that their hopes are being quashed by lack of funds.
“The situation is so bad that even our very own athletes are struggling to attend the regional club championships because of lack of funds and transport to and from the events,” he said.
“Financially we are having a serious challenge. Even transport to both the first and second club challenges was a huge challenge and that forces clubs to field sub-standard athletes,” he reiterated.
Nevertheless, he thanked Coca Cola which sponsored the event in Oshakati as well as the other races that are on the local track and field calendar for this year.
“A big thank you also goes to the athletes who delivered an exciting competition, the officials, and most of all, the spectators that ensured that the atmosphere was terrific for the athletes. We look forward to an even more exciting third leg in Swakopmund”.
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