Olympic Day celebrated in Omaruru

OMARURU; More than 20 teams of athletes from schools around Namibia converged on Omaruru in the Erongo Region on Saturday for a one-day mini-Olympic event.

The event is being held to celebrate Olympic Day, which is celebrated all over the world on 23 June every year.

It is also aimed at motivating local athletes to realise the importance of participating in Olympic Games in future.

Athletes are competing in tennis, basketball, netball, volleyball, boxing and football at the Luna Park sports field.

Opening the event, the Omaruru Constituency Councillor Michael Uparura Tjirare urged all athletes to compete fairly.

“Sport is a unifier of nations and of people of all races and cultures. Sport not only develops the human body, it also develops the mind, and can improve the economy of a nation through the hosting of big events,” said Tjirare.

He further called on all sports facilitators and organisers in the town of Omaruru to make sports accessible to every individual in the town.

Sports officer in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture for Omaruru in the Erongo Region, Berthold Karumendu told Nampa Saturday’s event differs from previous Olympic Day celebrations.

“In the past we just used to have a five kilometre run, but today we have our own mini-Olympic village with different sport codes that people can participate in throughout the day,” said Karumendu.

He added that the highlights of the event will be a football match between players from Omaruru and Karibib, as well as a boxing bonanza which will round off the day’s activities.