TEAM Namibia that is set to represent the country at the upcoming World Para Athletics championship slated for November would require at least N$2.7 million in order to fully prepare 15 athletes for the biggest global competition.
These were the sentiments of Namibia Paralympic Committee Secretary-General, Michael Hamukwaya, who said that the team is struggling to raise enough funds for the competition that is only two weeks away.
He added that it does not look good as the Committee has only managed to gather N$600 000 from government through the sports ministry and another N$615 000 from NamPower.
“It’s been tough getting the money. Government is looking into its coffers and it gave us something, but it is not enough. We are calling for corporates to come on board and support these athletes,” he said.
He said that the budgeted money includes travel fees, accommodation, participation fees, as well as allowances for the entire team while in Dubai.
“We will be taking 21 people, including coaching staff, officials and medics and these people also need to be paid. So we are really calling on privates companies and SOEs to support us and if companies can support the MTC boxing thing, why can’t they support these athletes who will make the country proud?” he said.
A total 13 para-athletes are currently in a training camp in Swakopmund, while 2 are in Windhoek.