NAMIBIAN Para-athletes have once again done us proud in Berlin, Germany when they scooped nine medals at the championships which concluded on Sunday.
I am so much excited for the national Paralympic leadership who early this year took a team to South Africa with athletes who did exceptionally very well. And, with the Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo in 2020, the national Paralympic body is seriously looking at preparing athletes for the world spectacle.
Both Johannes Nambala and Ananias Shikongo including the young athletes who took bronze at the spectacle did us proud.
I must say that once again these athletes raised Namibia’s flag very high, and with the new partnership formed between Namibia and the Netherlands, our athletes will definitely benefit from the new partnership. If at all, other national bodies can emulate the local Paralympic body by forming such partnerships, Namibia will undoubtedly benefit from it.
Despite the limited funding towards sport, Namibia’s Paralympic athletes and the leadership must show their gratitude towards NamPower, who decided to invest in Paralympic sport.
Looking at 2018
I must indicate here that apart from competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast where we produced to gold medallists, in the name of Helalia Johannes and Jonas Junias Jonas, we have seen little or no mouth-watering sport action.
I have the 2018 MTC/NSC Sport Awards in mind, and I must indicate that little has been achieved by our athletes, like the Brave Warriors performance in the Cosafa Cup which was a real disappointment. Oh they did us extremely proud during the CHAN campaign in Morocco and perhaps they might get an award, just thinking!
Another team sport that might put a smile on our faces will be the national rugby team who could easily qualify for the rugby world rugby club in 2020. I mean hammering Tunisia by that huge margin is an indication that we can book a place at the world rugby cup. I am extremely great that our rugby players are focused on the qualification and just like the rugby leadership, all we truly want is for the players to give us that elusive win.
Generally, on the international arena very little. I will have to wait and see, sure both Helalia and Jonas have without any doubt secured the MTC Sportswoman and MTC Sportsman accolades.
If some sports codes can produce such world class athletes, why do we have a lot of dormant codes? What are the challenges and how come we have sports codes that have received grants, and yet they feature nowhere not even in regional competitions?
These are sport codes which annually receive grant from Government through the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) but do they really deserve these grants?
I have on numerous occasion implored on the NSC leadership to prioritise certain sports codes, what’s the need of funding these codes when they are underperforming?
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