WINDHOEK, 03 APR – Namibian athletes performed very well during the South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired Championships (SASAPD), Namibia Paralympic Committee coach Philimon Haimbili has said.
The championships took place in Bloemfontein from Saturday until Monday.
The competition was used by the NPC to classify their new athletes, as well as prepare them for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games qualifiers.
Team Namibia won 44 medals during the three-day competition. They won 38 gold medals, five silvers and one bronze in track and field events.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Haimbili said the team’s performance was great.
“They left a great mark in the Free State, as we received many requests from other countries that competed in the event to train in Namibia,” he said, adding they would also like to compete in the Namibian national championships.
NPC official Memory Kahlari also told this agency they have a strong team to prepare for next year’s All Africa Games
and World Athletics Championships’ qualifiers.
“We got an African record from our long jumper at the championships and I am happy that despite having a group of new athletes, they did extremely well,” she said.
Kahlari said they are hopeful to reach their target of enough qualified athletes for the World Championships and All Africa Games.
Other countries that competed at the SASAPD besides Namibia and South Africa were Botswana and Mauritius.
The team is expected back in the country on Wednesday.