MOBILE telecommunications giant, MTC, today announced that it is sponsoring N$2 million to Namibia’s star athletes, Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma, over a three year period.
The sponsorship deal, according to MTC’s Chief Human Capital Tim Ekandjo, will include building houses valued at N$300,000 each for both athletes at their home villages.
MTC will also provide a brand new iPhone 12 for each athlete and their coach, Henk Botha, valued at N$24,000 per phone twice during the three years to help them stay connected at all times during their many international travels.
Both athletes and the coach will also each receive airtime to the value of N$36,000 per year.
This translates into a monthly airtime allowance of N$3,000 for each athlete and coach over a period of 3 years.
Each athlete will also receive an amount of N$100,000 per year for personal upkeep and expenses over the three-year period.
Additionally, each athlete will receive an amount of N$250,000 per year over to assist them with event preparations.
MTC has also committed to hosting one local athletics event in Namibia to honour the achievements of both athletes and to inspire other athletes to reach for the stars.
This event will be delivered at a total cost of N$1 million.
According to Ekandjo, the sponsorship is the largest ever made to individual athletes.
“We are delighted to announce that we have officially welcomed Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma to the MTC Family. Through this support we are reiterating our unyielding position that sports development is central to nation proud,” Ekandjo stated.
Ekandjo concluded that MTC has always supported sport, and that investment in the Namibia Youth Games which is now known as the MTC Youth Games.
“It is evident that when you invest in youth development you are most likely to get results and we are certainly proud that both these athletes are products of the Youth Games. We are excited, and we look forward to work with you for the next three years. You are now officially Namibian Ambassadors, carrying the speed of the nation and we know that you and all our other athletes will fly the Namibian flag high at the Tokyo Olympics,” Ekandjo said.