THE Namibian Women’s Hockey has one last chance to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the team is set to take part at the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Cape Town to secure their place for next year’s global event.
The continental showpiece, the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers that will be held in South Africa from 11 August to 18 August will also serve as qualifiers for the 2022 Commonwealth competition that will take pace in Birmingham, England.
The team received a send-off by the Namibian Sports Commission where Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya urged the players to have a fighting spirit and secure their position.
“I know you will make the country proud and go out there and come back with a win,” he said.
At the same event, NAMDIA handed over a N$179 000 sponsorship deal to cater for the team’s preparations towards the competition
Magreth Mengo, captain of the team expressed her gratefulness towards NAMDIA adding that the team is confident in securing the win and qualifying for Tokyo 2020
“The mind is set to the goal which is to qualify for the Olympics. I believe in the team and that we can really do it and come back with a win,” she said.
During the same event, the Namibia Swimming Union announced that it will send four junior swimmers to take part at the upcoming FINA World Junior championships that will take in Budapest, Hungary
Team Coach Janis Stergiadis said that the team has been training for the past two years in preparation of the world championships.
“It’s good to see young athletes that are committed to swimming and we have been training intensely with the team every morning and evening in order to qualify for this competition,” he said.
Close to 900 fastest swimmers from 95 countries will compete at the world championships for a chance to secure a sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.