A 59-member Namibian team will depart for Gaborone, Botswana on Tuesday to take part in second edition of ANOCA Youth Games

WINDHOEK: A 59-member Namibian team will depart for Gaborone, Botswana on Tuesday to take part in the second edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Youth Games from 22 to 31 May.

The Namibians will compete in golf, boxing, athletics, swimming, cycling, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, rugby and netball.

The maiden edition of the ANOCA Youth Game was held in Rabat, Morocco in July 2010.

Only two Namibians took part then – Julia Handjene just missed out on a medal, coming fourth in the 1 000 metre (m) final, while Ndapandula Nghinaunye ended fifth in the 3 000m final.

Speaking during the sending-off ceremony of the team at a local hotel on Friday, the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) president Agnes Tjongarero told the athletes they are lucky to represent the country at such a young age, as most Namibian athletes never had such a chance at youth level.

She encouraged the youngsters to network with others, but to remember to win.

Netball player Vezembouua Mauano will be Namibia’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony on Thursday, while Monica Bohm is the Chef de Mission, with Erongo regional sports officer Bethold Karumendu as team manager.

SOURCE: NAMPA