Namibian Team Ready for Anoca Games

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 Games 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 000m 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 were lucky to represent the country at such a young age, as most Namibian athletes never had such a chance at youth level.

She reiterated that when in Botswana, they are expected to behave.

“There is no Peter, Maria or Shilongo when you are in Botswana, but it will be Namibia when one of you misbehaves. Please leave your ‘I am who or so and so’ somewhere when you travel, and come pick it up on your return when you go to your parents’ houses. Remember when you are in Botswana you are not in mommy or daddy’s home, so don’t give other people trouble,” said Tjongarero, who is also a member of parliament.

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.

Monica Bohm is the Chef de Mission, with Erongo regional sports officer Bethold Karumendu as team manager.

Source : The Namibian