Windhoek, April 30 – – A team of four athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, set for July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Japan, including Namibia’s golden girls Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi who recorded the world’s fastest 400 m times (49, 24 and 49, 53 seconds respectively) this year, paid a courtesy visit to Vice President Dr. Nangolo Mbumba on April 28, 2021.
The Vice President met the delegation which was led by the Minister of
Sports, Youth and National Service, Hon. Agnes Tjongarero, accompanied
by Mr. Freddy Mwiya, Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports
Commission, and Ms. Joan Smit, Secretary General of the Namibian
National Olympic Committee, at the Old Statehouse.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide top-level Government support
and encouragement to the athletes during their preparations, in order for
them to represent Namibia and its people to the best of their ability by
being victorious at the Olympic Games.
At the occasion, the Vice President
also assured the athletes that the entire Namibian Government and the
nation was fully united behind them, and would be cheering them on all
the way to the top.
During the meeting, the Vice President also informed the athletes of his
initial plans to issue them with a personal modest token of sponsorship,
but that Telecom Namibia came onboard and joined his noble cause, by
pledging a pair of running shoes to each of them. As such a donation to he value of N$3000 per athlete for the twelve (12) athletes who qualified
for the Olympic Games was pledged, totaling N$36 000.
The athletes represent various sporting codes such as boxing, athletics, cycling, rowing and hopefully karate.
The Hon. Minister expressed appreciation to the Vice President and the
Government, as well as to Telecom for the kind gesture of visible support
that has instilled confidence in the athletes and strengthened their resolve
to be victorious at the Olympic Games. And that the donation would go a
long way to help them achieve their dreams of Olympic glory, and to do
the country proud.
The Presidency therefore takes this opportunity, while mindful of the
difficult economic situation in which the country currently finds itself, to
urge the Namibian public, private sector and sport loving enthusiasts to
join hands in supporting the Namibian Olympics team in any way possible.