… Hamutumwa outlines how Namibia can become a winning nation
TEAM Namibia’s preparations for major world sporting events has for years been tainted by underfunding, which has left the country struggling to bring home medals from Commonwealth and Olympic events.
As the 2018 Commonwealth Games approaches, which is scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Australia, Confidente’s John Tuerijama (JT) spoke to former Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) Secre tary-General , Ndeulipulwa Hamutumwa (NH), who talked in-depth about the standard and quality of Namibian sport.
JT: As a former NNOC secretary-general and Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) commissioner, how important is it for local sport codes to thoroughly ensure that athletes take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games prequalification events?
NH: As I recall from my past experience, as a board member, the NNOC usually releases the qualification criteria two to three years prior to the Games. These criteria are furnished to all national federations in the country. The philosophy around this is to allow athletes sufficient time to qualify. It is scientifically proven that this will enable athletes to have adequate time to prepare for the Games. It would serve no purpose for athletes to qualify in the year of competition, and expect good results during competition.
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