Busy year expected for NNPC

In an interview with Nampa this week, Namibia National Paralympic committee (NNPC) secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya said the hosting of the 2020 Paralympic Games in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic shortened their athletic cycle.

14 January 2022 | Sports

NAMPA

Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya says 2022 will be a very busy year because of the shift in their athletic calendar in 2021.

“We only have three years to work towards the Paris 2024 Paralympics instead of the usual four-year cycle, which puts a lot of pressure on the federation,” he said.

He added that for the NPC to have its athletes in top shape, they have lined up several competitions to compete in but a lack of funds might hamper their planning.

“Starting this weekend, we are going to have some of our athletes taking part in the Athletics Namibia Grand Prix in Swakopmund. We also have major international competitions such as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Grand Prix which will be held in Dubai in February, and the Commonwealth Games which are slated for July in Birmingham in the United Kingdom,” Hamukwaya said.

The secretary-general stated that their current priority is however the NPC national championships, which are scheduled for the weekend of 25 to 30 January 2022 in Windhoek.

“This year we are going to host blind football and athletics so we are expecting to host athletes from all 14 regions because the last time we hosted a national championship, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa and Kunene did not attend,” he said.

He added that the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled Championship which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March, is another event which is earmarked to unearth new talent from Namibia.

Hamukwaya also added that this year the Commonwealth Games and the IPC World Athletics Championships will be held in August and this platform will be used to build a team that will represent Namibia at the 2023 African Games.

“Competing at international competitions hosted by the IPC will get some of our athletes classified and ranked and our goal this year was to introduce a lot of young athletes to international competitions, but with limited funding, we might struggle to compete in all these championships,” he said.

Similar News

 

AN president ecstatic about Grand Prix

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISAThe quality of the performances and the atmosphere at the Independence Stadium on Saturday were the icing on the cake for an action-packed...

U/20 trials an important starting point

16 hours ago | Sports

ANDREW POOLMANNewly appointed head coach Chrysander Botha accepted the challenge of putting together the strongest possible Namibian under-20 rugby team after the trials held in...

Desert Storm, Tugstsogt settle for unsatisfying draw

16 hours ago | Sports

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sakaria (Desert Storm) Lukas stepped in to the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing card, replacing the COVID-compromised Vic Pasillas in a...

Corporates, don’t give up on football!

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISAWhen a child is misbehaving at home, as parents, our role is not to chase them away but to mentor them into becoming...

Five spots available for cyclists at Commonwealth Games

16 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA – The national coach at the cycling federation, Hans du Toit, says the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) will use upcoming races to select riders...

Hamukwaya hopes for more Commonwealth spots

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA Namib Lions Athletics Club coach Michael Hamukwaya says he hopes that more athletes will be able to book their place to this...

MTC Sunshine appreciates Readibites

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISABoxing promoter Nestor Tobias of MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions has heaped praise on Readibites for always supporting his boxing stable.The relationship between Readibites...

Rössing improves support for athletes

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA Rössing Uranium has increased the annual marathon prize money by N$10 000, which will see the winners taking home N$20 000 in...

United boss praises Rashford

16 hours ago | Sports

SuperSport Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick hailed Marcus Rashford as "one of the top strikers in England" after the substitute scored a stoppage-time winner...

Nigeria to meet Ghana in African World Cup playoffs

16 hours ago | Sports

SuperSportNigeria were paired with arch rivals Ghana in the African World Cup playoffs draw in Douala on Saturday.Ghana will have home advantage first and both...

Latest News

U/20 trials an important starting...

16 hours ago | Sports

ANDREW POOLMANNewly appointed head coach Chrysander Botha accepted the challenge of putting together the strongest possible Namibian under-20 rugby team after the trials held in...

Desert Storm, Tugstsogt settle for...

16 hours ago | Sports

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sakaria (Desert Storm) Lukas stepped in to the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing card, replacing the COVID-compromised Vic Pasillas in a...

Low volumes of cargo during...

16 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDuring the month of November 2021, exports amounting to N$5 billion, representing 56.6% of total exports left the country by sea, according to the...

NSFAF sticks to guns on...

16 hours ago | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKESThe Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) says the trust relationship between itself and its chief executive officer (CEO) Hilya Nghiwete has irretrievably broken...

Not our tradition – Onesi...

16 hours ago | Cultural

TUYEIMO HAIDULAONESIThe community of Onesi in the Omusati region is not in favour of legalising abortion because their tradition does not allow it.Speaking at the...

Churches condemn mandatory vaccination

16 hours ago | Health

ESTER KAMATIWINDHOEKThe Association of Christian Churches in Namibia (ACCN) has condemned the mandatory vaccination after some companies publicly implied that unvaccinated employees could lose their...

Corporates, don’t give up on...

16 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISAWhen a child is misbehaving at home, as parents, our role is not to chase them away but to mentor them into becoming...

Five spots available for cyclists...

16 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA – The national coach at the cycling federation, Hans du Toit, says the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) will use upcoming races to select riders...

Poor nations to receive Merck...

16 hours ago | Economics

FRANCESCO GUARASCIONearly 30 generic drugmakers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will make cheap versions of Merck & Co's Covid-19 pill, under a landmark...

Load More