Haulofu sees off Paralympians
02 August 2021 | Sports
NamPower managing director Kahenge Simson Haulofu on Friday bade farewell to the Namibian Paralympic Committee (NPC) team bound for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Haulofu called on athletes to compete well and fly the Namibian flag high at the global showpiece.
“Don’t forget that you are going to meet athletes from different countries and I am urging you to keep your masks on when you move around the streets of Japan to avoid contracting Covid-19,” Haulofu, who also reiterated the power utility’s support to Disability Sports Namibia, cautioned.
He added that he is optimistic Team Namibia will perform at its best and has no doubt that they will bring gold medals back home.
Meanwhile, team coach Letu Hamholo said the athletes are currently very fit and are determined to produce good results as they have prepared very well.
Team Namibia will travel to Tokyo on 5 August for their final preparations. The Paralympic Games are slated for 25 August to 6 September.
Three athletes will represent Namibia in track events - Lahja Ishitile and her guide Sydney Kamuaruume will compete in T11, 200 metres, 400m and long jump; Ananias Shikongo and his guides Even Tjivu and Sem Shimanda will compete in T11 100m and 400m; Johannes Nambala will compete in T13, 100m and 400m.
The officials are Hamholo as team coach, Julia Halweedo as the team physiotherapist and Michael Hamukwaya, secretary-general of NPC.
Other members of Team Namibia who will depart for Japan on 14 August are Memory Kahlari (team administrator), Nicklause Nghumono (chef de mission) and Hesron Kapanga (sport journalist).