WINDHOEK, 21 AUG – The Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan) needs N.dollars 140 000 to compete in the 2018 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Netball Championship in September.
This year’s championship will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 17 to 21 September.
Rudolph Haingura, Tisan’s secretary-general and a commissioner at the Namibia Sports Commission, told Nampa on Tuesday they have selected a squad of 15 netball players to compete at the games, but lack of funds will keep them from realising their dreams of competing at the World University Championship.
Haingura said the money is needed to pay for their flight tickets to Uganda.
“We want to improve on our ranking at the university championship and this can only happen if the team competes at the games in September,” he said.
The team also needs tracksuits and T-shirts.
South Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Singapore, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia have confirmed their participation.
Haingura said the championship is also important to help Namibian athletes gain more international exposure.
“I was in Zambia at the just ended African netball championship and I saw that most of the teams that competed at those games had university students. It’s really important for our athletes to compete as it will help them gain international experience which will in turn help our senior national netball team,” he said.
The team hopes to depart for Uganda on 15 September and they are therefore calling on companies and private individuals to help them fulfil their commitment to FISU.