Mbumba helps Tokyo athletes
The Office of the Vice-President, in conjunction with Telecom Namibia, on Wednesday announced a sponsorship of N$36 000 for athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
30 April 2021 | Sports
Each of the 12 Namibian athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games so far is expected to receive N$3 000.
The money will be used to pay for the athletes' shoes for the games. This donation will go through the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) directly from Telecom Namibia, which supported the initiative at the request of Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba.
Speaking at the event, Mbumba said he decided to source funds for athletes Beatrice Masilingi, Helalia Johannes, Thomas Reinhold and Christine Mboma, who recently broke various records in the process of qualifying for the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 8 August.
Mbumba said it is important for athletes to be recognised by their community, hence his decision to meet with them and their coaches as a way of encouraging them to work hard in order to realise their dreams.
“We decided to help these athletes by approaching Telecom Namibia to assist and they have agreed to come on board with money to buy running shoes to help the athletes achieve their dreams,” he added.