WINDHOEK, 07 APR – Namibian amateur boxer Matias Hamunyela was on Friday knocked out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia.
Hamunyela, who competes in the men’s 46-49 kilogramme (kg) category, lost the fight against Kenya’s Shaffi Hassana 2-3 in the Round of 16 after three rounds of boxing. Only two judges out of the five scored in his favour.
With Hamunyela eliminated from the competition, Team Namibia will now put all their hopes on 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jonas Junius Jonas, who booked himself a spot in the Round of 16 on Thursday. He will face Valentin Kondakov of Samoa on Sunday.
Namibia’s Tryagain Ndevelo will make his debut at the Games on Monday, when he will fight Harry Garside from Australia in the 60kg category Round of 16.
Meanwhile, Namibia’s men’s bowls team of Carel Olivier, Douw Calitz and Willem Esterhuizen will play their fourth and last game of the triples sectional play against Section C group leader New Zealand on Saturday.
Namibia, who won two of their three matches played thus far in Section C where they are grouped with New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and Niue, are second in the group with six points. New Zealand are top of the group with nine points.
The women’s fours sectional play team, which is in Section A, will also play their last sectional plays against Cook Islands on Saturday.
They have thus far lost two matches and drawn once. Anjuleen Viljoen, Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit and Johanna van den Bergh are competing in the four-sectional play for the women’s bowls team.
The Namibian team is competing in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which end on 15 April.