Namibia Confident of Qualifying for Youth Olympics

NAMIBIA’s Youth Beach Volleyball teams travel to Ghana on Wednesday for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for Africa.

A total of 13 African countries will battle it out in Accra, Ghana’s capital from 11-13 April to try to gain one of the six qualifying places that Africa will receive for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in August this year.

“If Namibia outperforms at least seven countries at the qualifiers, we will be in Nanjing where Beach Volleyball will make its debut,” a confident Heiko Kesselmann, Beach Volleyball Director at the Namibia Volleyball Federation, said.

“Our chances are good, as we have had a very intense training program for the youngsters with three coaches and also individual one on one sessions assessing and improving the athletes’ fitness,” coach Achim Luumlck, who will travel with the four youth players to Ghana, said.

The boys team consists of Jan Eric Sack and Roman von Ludwiger, while Namibia will be represented in the girls category by Kim Seebach and Stephanie Palmhert.

Each continent will receive six places to make up 30 teams to travel to China, while the host nation will receive two places to make up a competition of 32 teams per gender, of which Namibia hopes to be part.

Source : The Namibian