More than 20 athletes from NPCN off to South Africa

WINDHOEK: An elite team of 26 local athletes living with disabilities from the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN) will be living the country on Friday for South Africa.

The athletes are going to participate in the Nedbank National Championships set for the 31 March to 2 April 2014 at Stellenbosch (Coetzenburg).

Speaking at the a press briefing by the National Schools Sports Union (NSSU), NPCN secretary General said because of classifications that athletes should go through and be put into categories, they are unable to take as many athletes as they wish to.

Kandji stated that they are not taking the developing athletes but those that have participated in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events before and are already classified as to what category they belong to.

“What we do is, there are for example athletes that are slightly blind and those that are completely blind, so what they do at classification is they are not put into the same category because they do not have the same features, so what happens is that those in the same category compete against each other,” she explained.

Namibian Paralympic swimmer Gideon Nasilowski also spoke at the briefing plagued to the Nation that when they share information with the athletes, and to make sure that they give all the necessary information that the athletes may need.

“Paralympics have got a lot of rules and its a very complex game and have got a lot of things to put into consideration, so when you do not understand what you are sharing with the athlete yourself then you are most likely to create false hopes for the athlete which will be heartbreaking,” he said, adding that, they do not want their athletes heartbroken because their aim is to is to build Paralympics in the country.

Nasilowski stated that Paralympics being one of the fastest growing game in the country, and them becoming the top athletes in the country they want to produce more and more.

Coca-cola Namibia also donated N.dollars 70 to the NPCN during the press briefing.

(edited)WINDHOEK; An elite team of local athletes living with disabilities and who are members of the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN), will leave for South Africa on Friday.

The 26 athletes are scheduled to participate in the Nedbank National Championships slated for 31 March to 02 April at Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

Speaking at a media briefing in Windhoek on Thursday, NPCN Secretary-General Penandino Kandjii said because of the specific classifications and categories at the event, they are unable to send as many athletes as they would like to.

She stated that they are not sending developing athletes, but those who have already participated in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events, and who are thus already classified according to the categories they belong to.

“There are, for example, athletes who are slightly visually impaired, and those who are completely visually impaired.

So, what they do at classification is they are not put into the same category because they do not have the same features. What happens is that those in the same category compete against each other,” Kandjii explained.

Paralympics’ swimmer Gideon Nasilowski said at the briefing that people working with Paralympic athletes must ensure that they provide them with factual information regarding their participation in international sports events.

“Paralympics have a lot of rules, and it’s a very complex game and has a lot of things that need to be considered.

When you do not understand what you are sharing with the athlete yourself, then you are likely to create false hopes for the athlete, which will be heartbreaking,” he noted.

Nasilowski stated that as Paralympics is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in the country, they want to produce more athletes.

Coca-Cola Namibia also donated N.dollars 70 000 to the NPCN during the briefing.

SOURCE: NAMPA