NNOC to honour women sports legend

WINDHOEK: The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) will honour retired sports women who have made great strides in the sport world.

A media statement issued by the NNOC yesterday said the event will be hosted on 27 June at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek.

The first woman who will be honoured for her contribution is Malie Snyman, a former netball player and executive board member of the All Namibia Netball Association at Independence.

The NNOC said she was extremely committed as treasurer and true to her calling as volunteer and 76-year old pensioner who survived a heart attack and is a cancer survivor is still active in supporting netball to this day.

The proceeds of the event will support the social responsibility efforts of the NNOC, and will therefore be shared between a charity of the choice of Malie Snyman and her medical expenses.

The NNOC plans to honour more women in future but the upcoming event is specifically to honour Snyman.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through its Olympic solidarity programme, has granted four Namibian athletes scholarships in their quest to qualify for the Summer Olympics next year in Brazil’s metropolis Rio de Janeiro.

They are Drikus Coetzee (triathlon), Angula Shikongo and Jason Afrikaner (both wrestling) and Fred-Charles Pieterse (athletics) will benefit from the programme.

The scholarship amounts to approximately N.dollars 10 000 per month.