Hamukwaya lauds succesful NPC national championships

Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC), Secretary General Michael Hamukwaya has expressed his happiness with the talent that was at display at the NPC national championships that were held at the Independence Stadium on Saturday.

Hamukwaya told Nampa in an interview on Sunday that the championships were a success which they would want to continue building on.

We had a number of young athletes coming from the regions and registering world standard times. I believe having top athletes in the country that compete in the T11, 12 and 13 events are a motivation for all these upcoming athletes, he said.

He added that when young athletes are running good times which are world standard it shows that the future for athletics is bright even come 2028.

One of the things that we need to work on is filed events because only athletes that are in the Khomas region dominate this event. But as a federation we want to start working hard on field events and help those in the region improve,

The secretary general also said that elite athletes in the field events are threw international standard times and this has been a dream for the NPC to have a bigger pool of athletes competing in field events.

The national championships this year saw well prepared teams and athletes doing well in their respective events and all those athletes who reached these international standards will possibly be included in the Africa Games team that will travel to Morocco in January, he said.

Hamukaya stated that if it was not for financial constraints the NPC would take a bigger team which he believes will guarantee them more medals like all the other nations that take bigger teams and win more.

We have athletes that proved themselves at these national championships over the weekend when they recorded good times but the time has come for the to be tested with the best in Africa but with lack of finances we will be challenged in taking a bigger team and this will also hamper on athletes' development, Hamukwaya stated.

Source: Namibia Press Agency