New Era (Windhoek)

9 August 2012

Botswana/Namibia Games At Omaruru

The usually sleepy town of Omaruru in the Erongo Region is to host the 2nd edition of the annual Namibia/Botswana Bilateral Multi-sports Games tomorrow.

The inaugural games were held in Ghanzi, Botswana in November last year and consisted of four sports codes namely football, netball, volleyball and tug-of-war, and saw Namibians winning individual awards while making a clean sweep in the tug-of-war.

The Games are the brainchild of the SADC Permanent Joint Commission on Defence and Security, which decided to include sport in their joint activities. Namibia and Botswana were the first to agree to the proposal.

"This year, we increased the sports codes as we have added pool, darts and athletics to the other four disciplines, making it seven disciplines in total. Last time around we won some individual medals.

We have trophies and medals, where the winners will receive gold and silver for the losers," said Kallie Goliath of the Namibian Correctional Services.

Botswana's Correctional Services team was scheduled to arrive in the country yesterday, while the Games are slated to kick-off at 07h45 tomorrow at the Namibian Correctional Service Training College.

Goliath said the Games will in no way affect or disrupt daily proceedings at correctional facilities.

"It is just some members who are going to participate, so there is no worry about prisoners being left on their own, because we have numerous officers in correctional facilities," he said.

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