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NHRA to host Winter Cup

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The Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA) will host the second edition of its MTC Winter Cup in Rehoboth on Saturday.The first edition of the MTC Winter Cup was held in Okahandja last year.The upcoming event will be held without the presence of spect…

The Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA) will host the second edition of its MTC Winter Cup in Rehoboth on Saturday.

The first edition of the MTC Winter Cup was held in Okahandja last year.

The upcoming event will be held without the presence of spectators due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions that are currently in place.

NHRA President, Marthinus de Waal, during a media briefing here on Tuesday said the event will go on as planned by NHRA with the approval they got from the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC).

“Horse racing is a non-contact sport and those expected to compete in the Winter Cup must be registered members of clubs that are registered with NHRA,” he said.

Earlier this month the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, announced the exclusion of contact sport events for duration of a month due to the escalation number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

De Waal added that due to this instruction the NHRA decided to exclude spectators for the upcoming event.

“All measures are in place to deal with those who will violate our rules. We have asked extra reinforcement from the Namibian Defence Force to assist us in this matter if the situation escalates during the competition,” De Waal said.

Riders will compete in 19 different categories on the day and MTC will avail N.dollars 250 000 for the hosting of the event.

Source: Namibia Press Agency