Namibia in top 10 rankings at AG

Team Namibia ended day five of the African Games (AG) ranked ninth out of the 53 countries competing at the continental championships that are being held in Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco.

Since the competition started on 16 August 2019 in Rabat team Namibia has thus far competed in three sport codes which are beach volleyball, cycling and boxing.

On Wednesday Namibian mountain bike athletes won the countries first medals which are a gold and silver. With those two medals Namibia became the second country from Southern Africa to be ranked in the top 10 medals standing.

South Africa are ranked third after winning 14 medals which are seven gold, five silver and two bronze.

The medal standing is led by Egypt who has 30 medals; eight gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze while Algeria is second with 21 medals; seven gold, six silver and eight bronze.

The host nation Morocco is fourth on the medal standing with 21 medals; five gold, nine silver and seven bronze. The top five position is occupied by Tunisia who have 16 medals, three gold, five silver and eight bronze.

Speaking to Nampa on Thursday Namibia Sport Commission, Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya expressed his happiness with what the country has achieved thus far at the AG.

We only have three sports that competed out of the 11 that we brought. Overall, we are proud of what our athletes did, because it shows that cycling is a priority sport code and their achievements should be a motivation for other that are still going to compete later in the competition, he said.

He added that having Namibia and South African in the top 10 three days after the opening ceremony which was held on 19 August shows that athletes wants to do well for their countries while competing with the best in Africa.

Credit should be given to sport codes because they prepared their athletes in time without getting any preparation funds from the commission because our finances came in very late just days before the competition started and without sport codes using their own resource these athletes would not have been ready, he said.

The chief administrator added that with volleyball finishing sixth at the competition it clearly shows that if more resources were availed more medals would be won for Namibia at the 2019 AG.

I don't remember the last time ablebody athletes won a gold medal at the African Games if it's not during Frank Fredricks error. What these boys did is history because for many years now only Paralympics has been winning gold medals for the country. I hope this gold won here will be a good motivation for many, said Mwiya.

Source: Namibia Press Agency