By Victor Angula at Oshakati
A Kenyan national, 23-year-old Novestus Kirwa, has been in Oshakati for more than a week preparing for the Old Mutual Victory Race Series, taking place in the northern town scheduled on 28th July. Kirwa has been in Namibia for two months, taking part in the Nedbank City Dash in Windhoek
where he came fourth and the Swakopmund Victory Series where he came second in a time of one hour 30 minutes in the 21 kilometre race. “I hope to win the Oshakati race,” Kirwa told Confidente after his morning training session at the Oshakati Independence Stadium. Born and raised in the Kenyan town of Mosoriot, Kirwa has been a runner since 2014 while he was still a secondary school learner. The athlete is participating in Namibian races for the first time. “I am motivated by the income. If I perform well I will also boost the
economy at home,” he said. Just a week before the Old Mutual Series slated for Oshakati, Kirwa has been at the Oshakati Stadium everyday preparing for the race. None of the local athletes set to compete against him
were spotted at the venue. Although he cited the current cold weather in Namibia as having been a challenge during his early morning training sessions, Kirwa found the climate in the north to be good for sport.
“As an athlete you must be mentally strong, be disciplined and self-driven. You must alsoavoid the bad friends. Your best friend must be your coach. Avoid alcohol and the ladies. You must prepare early, instead of waiting until the last minute,” the Kenyan runner advised. Although he was grateful for the chance to
participate in the series of races in Namibia, Kirwa expressed the view that the monetary rewards for the athletes should be increased. “All the top ten in the race must receive something, not just the top four. This would motivate the youngsters who are committed but not yet capable enough to make it to the
top four,” he said.
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