Sport to go ahead without spectators

Local sport activities can go ahead but without any spectators, it was announced yesterday.

14 January 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



Yesterday's address by health minister Kalumbi Shangula stated that sport events can continue, but without spectators.

This announcement eased the fears of local sports federations and clubs that are looking to start the year afresh amidst the ever-escalating Covid-19 pandemic.



Boxing ready to start the year

Some sport codes like boxing are eager to start their activities. The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Academy says its plans for 2021 are clear:

“We need to give Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila a shot at the world title, whether he fights American professional boxers Jamal Herring or Carl Frampton.” Herring and Frampton are scheduled to fight each other for the WBO belt in London on 27 February. Frampton will attempt to become a three-weight world champion when he fights WBO world super-featherweight champion Herring. Tobias said they would also like to take on Shakur Stevenson. “We are ready to take over this division and declare this as Africa's time when it comes to the WBO Jr Lightweight title.

It's a difficult year with Covid-19 now going into the second phase which seems much worse than the first phase. But we will work smarter going forward and keep our boxers active in a safe way.

“The future is bright for this academy.

We have at least four rising prospects that are now ready to fight for continental titles in their respective divisions. We look forward to making our mark in 2021,” said Tobias.



Runners up for a challenge

In athletic circles, the Namibia Schools Sports Union is expected to announce its plans for the new season, with schools expected to open on 26 January.



Footballers hungry for action

Domestic football could restart with a pre-season tournament next month, according to Mabos Vries. The plan is to gradually reintroduce local footballers to the game after close to a year of no action.



Netball court set

Netball action will also return soon, right after the Khomas annual general meeting slated for early next month. Dimitri Bittler from Afrocat Lions Netball Club said that Covid-19 has been hard on sports and that they have delved into live streaming in order for spectators to catch the action.

He further said that they are looking at reducing match numbers on weekends and to play matches on weekdays instead. With these activities planned it is imperative that local sport codes look out for the health minister's next address on 3 February and plan their activities accordingly.

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