By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA is in danger of missing out on the inaugural Junior International Championship 2017 Canoe Polo in Belfast, Ireland from 2 to 6 August, amid ongoing financial woes being experienced by the Namibia Canoeing and Rowing Federation (NamCanRow).
Federation President, Mike Haimbodi, told Confidente that they are struggling financially, but that Namibia plans on sending over ten athletes, as well as officials, which will bring the team number to 21.
Haimbodi said Namibia won the Africa Canoe Polo Championship, held during the Easter holidays, to book a place at the world championships.
He said the long-term objective is to have Namibia compete at the Olympic Games. Haimbodi said that they are also trying to source funds, in order for the team to prepare at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
“Such an undertaking requires intensive training and we need about N$200 000 for flight tickets,” said Haimbodi. “The Namibia Canoeing and Rowing Federation has selected an under-16 team to partake and they have earned the right to wear the national colours of our country,” Haimbodi said.
He said teams from Ireland, Italy, France, Romania, Netherlands, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and South Africa will be taking part.“As you can imagine, international tours come at a significant cost. However, international tours are necessary to gain international experience at world-class events, in order to develop players. Despite the best efforts from the U-16 team to raise the necessary funds, the team has not been able to raise enough to participate in this prestigious sporting event,” Haimbodi said.
“It is against this backdrop that the Windhoek Canoe Committee (WCC) sincerely requests the public to consider financially contributing towards the U-16 team’s expenses.”
For any further queries please contact team coach Ryno Snyman at 081 295 8390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic/direct deposits can be made to Windhoek Canoe Club, Standard Bank, Gustav Voigts.
The branch code is 082372 and the account number is 24 164 3260.
The reference to be used is: JICPC Sponsor.
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