Kavango East urged to support para-athletes

07 November 2018 | Sports

Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) president, Johannes Litwayi, has called on the Kavango East regional leadership to support Paralympic athletes in the region.

Litwayi said this at an event held last Friday by the Kavango East education directorate to recognise Paralympic athletes who represented the region at the 2018 Namibia Sport Awards and the Disability Sport Awards.

Beatha Hausiku (17) won the junior sportswoman with disability award at the Namibia Sports Awards held in Swakopmund last month.

Maria Simon (22) received an award at the Disability Sport Awards in September.

The athletes are learners at the Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School Special Unit, made up of learners with disabilities from the two Kavango regions.

Litwayi said the regional leadership and all stakeholders should do their best to develop future athletes that will bring medals to the region.

He said the Paralympic club in the region started in 2008 and it has not been a smooth journey, due to the lack of support from the region's leadership.

“We don't receive any support directly from the region, like it happens in other regions where I go to attend regional games or other competitions,” Litwayi said.

He added that during Paralympic games held in the region, no top official from the region reserves time to attend, adding the region only focuses on sport that involves able-bodied athletes. Despite this, Litwayi acknowledged the Kavango East governor's office, which he said has been rendering a lot of assistance to the Paralympic regional club. Litwayi, who hails from Kavango East, applauded the two athletes for their achievements.

He also praised Paralympic coach Wendelinus Sisingi, who has been coaching at the Kavango East Paralympic club since its establishment.

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