This weekend sees Namibia's finest track and field athletes in action as they compete in the highly competitive Senior National Track and Field Championships as well as the Cross Country Championships.
Dubbed "The Weekend of National Championships" this weekend's athletic bonanza ranks among the highlights on Athletics Namibia's calendar and also serves as the final qualifying competition locally for international competitions.
Bank Windhoek National Track & Field Championships:
An astonishing number of 187 athletes from 10 regions have qualified to participate at this year's Bank Windhoek National Track & Field Championships, which gets underway at Windhoek's Independence Stadium today.
The 2-day athletics meeting has attracted top athletes in the mould of Hitjvirue Kaanjuka, Daniel Nghipandulwa, Globine Mayova, Basilus Karupu, Tjipee Herunga, Charlene Engelbrecht and Kristien Kruger - all champions in their respective disciplines last year. A total of 23 events marks 23 years of athletics excellence in independent Namibia and Bank Windhoek as anchor sponsor of the event has contributed N$100 000, while Rössing Uranium is on board as the main sponsor of the 10 000m race for both men and women. Coca Cola Namibia Bottling Company will refresh the athletes in the capacity of official drink sponsor.
"Bank Windhoek is excited about the upcoming National Athletics Championships. We are confident that it will be as great a success as the past three Bank Windhoek Grand Prix events in Oshakati, Windhoek and Swakopmund. The leadership of AN have proven their ability to stage top class events with the participation of athletes from across Namibia," said Marlize Horn, Executive Officer: Marketing & Corporate Communication Services.
Today's proceedings start at 17h50 while tomorrow's programme commences at 13h30. Entrance is free.
Pupkewitz National Cross Country Championships:
Meanwhile, the Pupkewitz Foundation once again showed its unwavering commitment to the development of local cross country events through the donation of a generous sponsorship of N$100 000 to Athletics Namibia yesterday.
The sponsorship will go towards the mounting of the 2013 Pupkewitz National Cross Country Championships to be staged in Rehoboth on Sunday. The prestigious annual road race will see some of the country's leading long distance and cross country athletes from seven regions across Namibia vying for top honours in the junior women, junior men, senior women and senior men categories.
Athletes from the San community in the Kavango Region have also been invited in a bid to develop the sport in the vast rural areas. "Athletics Namibia is honoured to have a valued partner like the Pupkewitz Foundation in order to conduct cross country activities in the country." remarked Frank Fredericks, President of Athletics Namibia.
The former world acclaimed sprinter and Namibian icon added: "I am glad that through this partnership we can reach more athletes in rural communities".
The Pupkewitz National Cross Country Championships will be give the athletes an ideal opportunity to qualify for the Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region (CAASR) Cross Country Championships on the 2nd of next month in Lesotho and the World Cross Country Championships slated for Poland on the 26th of next month.