Lack of funds affect athletes performance: NPCN

WINDHOEK: Lack of funds to send the athletes for camping had an impact on them to improve their finishing time, says the Secretary General of the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN) Penandino Kandjii.

Kandjii told this news agency on Monday that although all the 26 paralympic athletes who participated in the Nedbank National Championships in South Africa all did ‘very well’ they could all not improve on their finishing time, stating that lack of funding is the problem they face.

She however noted that if the athletes receive more training, she believes that they can improve their finishing time, and can bring more medals back home.

The athletes brought home in total 49 medal, with 37 gold, nine silver and three bronze athletes from the competition that comprised of top athletes both from South Africa and other Southern Africa countries compete against each other.

The games took place from the 31 March to 02 April at Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

Amongst other results, Namibia’s paralympic athlete Johanna Benson also participated in the competition under the women’s T37 400 Meter, T37 200 meter and T37 100 meter track event, scoping both Gold medals in the three categories.

Mateus Angula also scoped a gold medal in the male F54 category of Javelin, Nguluwe Etchegaray scoped a bronze medal in the men F44 Javelin.

Women T11 100 m, Lahja Ishitile received a gold medal and also in the 200m, also in the same category of T11 200m but different items, Anna Kambinda received (Gold) while in T46 200 m, Albertina Johannes got (Gold).

Men T12 200m, Mukongo Ihemba (Gold), Eliakim Aihuki (Bronze), Elifas Iyambo came fourth and Kaurumbua Katjikuru came at the seventh position.

In the men T11 of 200m category Ananias Shikongo came first scoping the Gold medal and Moses Tobias came second scoping the silver medal.

Johanness Nambal also scoped a Gold medal and also Simson Kariseb.

In the T46 200m of men, Elias Ndimulunde brought home a gold medal.

In T12 men Long Jump, Martin Aloisius scoped silver, while in the Women T13 100 m, Mandjoro Rosa received Gold and also in the 200 m.

Men T12 800 m, Eliakim Aihuki (Gold)

Women Discuss F57, Chamelle Van der Westhuizen scoped three gold medals in the same category but in different items.

Kandjii stated that although they lack fund they will no stop grooming their athletes.

“Lack of funds will not hold us back from doing what we do best at paralympics, as we will continue to do our best as before,” she said.

She stated that they are currently sending about seven athletes to the Commonwealth games, which includes their elite athletes and the new ones that never participated in international games before.

She however noted that those that are going to the Commonwealth games will be send for camping, to prepare them for the competitions with the funds and supplements from National Namibia Olympic Committee.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Lack of funds to send athletes for a training camp influenced their performance in the Nedbank National Championships in South Africa, the Secretary-General of the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN) Penandino Kandjii has said.

Kandjii told Nampa here on Monday that although all 26 athletes with disabilities did well in that event, they could all done better had there been money for them to train more.

The athletes brought home more than 45 medals – gold, silver and bronze – after their participation against top athletes both from South Africa and other southern African.

The games took place from 31 March to 02 April in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

She said that with more training, Namibia’s athletes with disabilities can bring home more medals.

“Lack of funds will not hold us back from doing what we do best at Paralympics, as we will continue to do our best as before,” she said.

Meanwhile, Namibia will send about seven athletes to the Commonwealth Games, which include elite athletes and new athletes.

Kandjii said those going to the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place from 23 July to 03 August, will be send for camping to prepare them for the competition with funds from the Namibia National Namibia Olympic Committee.

Namibia’s Paralympic star Johanna Benson won gold in the women’s T37 400m, 200m and 100m.

Namibia’s other gold medals were won by among others Mateus Angula (male F54 javelin throw); Lahja Ishitile (women’s T11 100m, 200m, 400m); Chamelle van der Westhuizen (F57 discus, javelin, shotput); Rosa Mandjoro (T13 100m, 200m); Eliakim Aihuki (T12 800m); Anna Kambinda (T11 100m, 200m); Albertina Johannes (T46 200m); Mukongo Ihemba (T12 100m, 200m); Ananias Shikongo (T11 100m, 200m, 400m); Johannes Nambala (T13 100m, 200m); Simson Kariseb (T456 long jump, 200m); Elias Ndimulunde (T46 100m, 200m); Johanna Katjikuru (T12 100m, 400m); Peter Balhao (F56 shotput); Martin Allosius (T12 400m).

SOURCE: NAMPA