NPC athletics national championships slated for this weekend

The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) will host its national champion from Friday to Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

The Championships will see Namibia's upcoming and elite athletes competes in track and field events.

NPC, secretary general Michael Hamukwaya told Nampa on Thursday that about 120 athletes from Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Karas, Hardap, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Khomas and the two Kavango regions are expected to showcase their talents on the day.

Athletes that were selected to compete at these championships had to reach a national standard which most did not make that's why some regions will only have less than 10 athletes but we are happy to see more young athletes selected in many regions to make up their cream of the crop teams, he said.

He added that the NPC did not receive entries from Zambezi, Kunene, Omaheke regions but this are some of the issues the NPC want to improve in the future.

We are going to start with the championships on Friday but that day will just be for classification of our athletes and come Saturday every region will want to beat Erongo for top honours since they have performed well for the past years, Hamukwaya said.

The secretary general told this agency that preparation for the championships has gone well thus far starting from the regions championships that were held in the different regional to select athletes.

We improved our standard for the championships this year and the best region that will win this years championships will have the bragging rights because of the hard work that they have put in for these championships,

The 2019 NPC championships will start at 09h00 on Saturday and ends in the afternoon at 16h00.

Athletes will compete in track events that will be 100 metre (m) to 1500m while field events will just be discuss, shot-put and javelin. The will also be wheelchair racing on the track events on the day.

Hamukwaya said that they are working hand in hand with Athletics Namibia who will bring in their expertise to make this event easier while Coca-Cola Namibia are paying for their accommodation and drinks. Bank Windhoek is paying for their medals and meals.

Source: Namibia Press Agency