Omusati athletics championship crowns Shafodino

11 February 2020 | Sports

The Omusati Region's 2020 athletics championships, which concluded at Oshakati on Saturday, crowned Matias Shafodino from Zone 1 as the best sprinter of the meet.

Competing at under-17 level, Shafodino clocked a time of 11.66 seconds in the 100m and 23.65 seconds in the 200m.

Matias' zone also came out on top with 22 gold medals, followed by Zone 4 and Zone 2 with 10 and five gold medals respectively.

Chairperson of the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) in the Omusati Region, Vaino Shimutwikeni, told Nampa on Sunday that it was a successful event, as 230 children from all four zones in the region participated and displayed their respective talents.

The youth, Shimutwikeni said, participated only in the 3 000m, 1 500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m sprints as they already completed their field items during the zonal competitions in their regions.

The best athletes at the championship will represent the region at the sub-nationals, set to take place at Oshakati on 7 March for the northern regions of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto.

Shimutwikeni said the best athletes at the four-region sub-nationals will represent their regions during the national athletics championship in Windhoek on 18 April, which will see national champions selected for the Confederation of Schools Sports Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) championship.

The Cossasa championship is scheduled for 1 to 3 May in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

“I am quite happy the athletes, teachers, principals and all stakeholders demonstrated good cooperation by positively contributing to the success of our regional championship,” said Shimutwikeni.

Omusati is the first northern region to complete its regional athletics competition.

NAMPA

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