Namibian Support for World Squash Champs

The Namibian announced a sponsorship of N$100 000 for the upcoming World Junior Squash Championships (WJSC) which starts in Windhoek on Sunday, 10 August.

At a fundraising gala last Thursday, the Namibian joined Nampower and Trustco as major sponsors of the event.

Nampower announced a sponsorship of N$75 000, while Trustco, which has been the main sponsor of squash in Namibia for the past 10 years, announced a sponsorship of N$700 000.

Numerous other companies and individuals also made pledges in support of the event which will attract more than 250 players and officials from 31 nations.

Sport Commissioner Amos Shiyuka called on Namibians to support the event.

“When we get the privilege to host such a world-class event, we have to come out in big numbers to show our support – we need to learn how to support each other.”

He also applauded the sponsors for their involvement.

“From the NSC side, we applaud the sponsors and please continue supporting sport. It always comes back to you and reinvesting in Namibians makes 100 percent sense. So please come on board and support these events, let’s show the rest of the world we are a nation of champions.”

The president of the Namibia Squash Association, Dr Nelson Herunga called on other sponsors to get involved.

“This is a world-class event and Namibia is the first nation to host it in Africa, but we need other sponsors to step in and show their support. We must make this a big success so that the visitors will enjoy themselves and will want to come back,” he said.

The tournament director, Tyc Kakehongo said they aimed to make squash a mainstream sport in Namibia.

“We are trying to promote squash and make it a mainstream sport in Namibia. Now we are hosting the world championships and I don’t know what other code can say that.

“Our main aim is to inspire the next generation of squash players. This is the launching pad, this is where future world champions will be made,” he said.

Kakehongo said they were taking squash to the communities and planned to leave a lasting legacy.

“We had a road show and went to local schools to expose kids to squash. The enthusiasm they showed was very inspiring and I’m confident some of them will take it further.

“Last week we got an all-glass squash court and with this facility we want to go to the communities that don’t have squash courts, to spread the legacy of squash,” he said.

The opening ceremony of the WJSC will take place at the Wanderers Sports Ground on Saturday evening, 9 August.

Source : The Namibian