A PRIDEFUL welcome took place at the Hosea Kutako International Airport today where the Namibian Paralympian athletes landed this afternoon after competing in the just concluded 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games.
Team Namibia today consisted of Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and Lahja Ishitile, as well as their guides Even Tjiviju, Sam Shimanda and Sydney Kamuaruuma.
Cultural dancers and the police brass band performing to celebrate the Paralympians, who returned home with a silver and bronze medal.
Minister of Sports, Youth and National Services, Agnes Tjongarero, said the country is proud of Shikongo for scooping a silver medal in the T11 400m, and Nambala for the bronze medal in the T13 400m.
Tjongarero encouraged Shikongo, who was disqualified in the T11 100m final after coming in third place, not to let the misfortune of what happened make him feel despondent as in the eyes of all Namibians, he is already a winner.
“Please know that your athletic exploits were truly magnificent and brought a smile of pride to the faces of all Namibians,” said Tjongarero.
Frank Fredericks, Namibia’s four time Olympic silver medalist in the 100m and 200m, also pledged an amount of N$20,000 to each of the the three Paralympians, as well as N$10,000 each to the guides and another N$10,000 to the coach.
The Paralympians paraded from the airport, through the Independence Avenue all the way to the Soweto Market.
Tonight they will be meeting President Hage Geingob for a special dinner at State House.