Junior chess team off to Durban

WINDHOEK; The national under eight to U-18 chess team leave for Durban, South Africa on Wednesday to take part in the World Youth Chess Championships.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) World Youth Chess Championships 2014 will take place from 19 to 30 September.

It is being organised by the South African Chess Federation under the auspices of FIDE.

The 17-member team gathered at the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture head offices in Windhoek on Tuesday for a sending-off ceremony, witnessed by their proud parents.

Speaking during the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Juliet Kavetuna told the youngsters they should represent their nation with pride.

“I am very proud and impressed to see a young team like this, and credit should be given to the parents who support their children in the sports activities they engage in… You have to be good ambassadors because there are a lot of other young people who could have been selected but you turned out to be the best to represent our country,” she said.

The head coach of the team, Goodwill Khoa said this will the second time some of the team members participate in an international tournament.

“We were in Slovenia where we competed and this time around we are going to Durban, and would like to come back with lots of medals,” he stated.

The team will travel with two officials and a number of parents.