Youth Games qualification criteria announced

30 April 2018 | Sports

The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) has released this year's qualification criteria for the Africa Youth Games and Youth Olympic Games taking place later this year.

Athletes aspiring to take part in the Africa Youth Games in Algiers from 16 to 26 July are required to participate in regional, continental and international competitions sanctioned by IFs by 10 June, as the Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa (ANOCA) will not accept entries after this date.

Athletes must be ranked within the top five in Africa and the team sports will be selected by the IFs.

At present, the NNOC with recommendation from its national federations is compiling a long list of athletes who could potentially qualify for the event. The list entries will close on 15 May.

The seven sport codes at the Youth Olympic Games and the African Youth Games are athletics, archery, rowing, rugby sevens, hockey, karate and beach volleyball.

Nine athletes on Olympic Solidarity scholarships have already secured their position at the Youth Olympic Games, as this forms part of their contractual obligations to Olympic Solidarity.

Namibian athletes will form part of 4 000 athletes across the African continent, while the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 6 to 18 October are expected to receive just over 3 900 athletes from 209 nations.

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