Namibia: Olympic athletes presented to local committee, public
The event was attended by hundreds of people who were excited over Namibia’s participation in the London Olympic Games.
Out of the seven Namibian athletes (cyclist Dan Craven, mountain bike rider Marc Bassingthwaighte, wrestler Sem Shilimela, shooter Gaby Ahrens, 400m athlete Tjipekapora Herunga, marathon runners Beata Naigambo and Helalia Johannes) who have qualified only two (Beata Naigambo and Helalia Johannes) were present on the Saturday event as the other five were busy preparing for the Games.
Agnes Tjongarero, president of the NNOC, who was present at Werhill Park accompanied by some members of his Office, said the intended to create awareness and thank their sponsors.
“Today’s a day when we want everybody, all Namibians to know about the Olympic Games and that we are going to send our team to London, so that they can be part and parcel of the team and support our athletes.
Tjongarero also said athletes still had chances of qualifying for the Olympic Games but that time was not on their side.
“I think the London Olympic Games will be very spectacular but I also think that the competition will be much stiffer than at previous Games. With each Games, the athletes are preparing more and more vigorously and intensely, which means that if we think about the past then we won’t make it, we must be well prepared. I think our athletes are maturing with time and by now they know what is expected of them. I really hope that we will get something better than a bronze medal,” she said.