New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Coca Cola Top 10 Athletics Meet Postponed

Windhoek — The eagerly awaited annual Coca Cola Top 10 Athletics Championship, which was to have taken place at Windhoek's Independence Stadium this Friday, has been postponed to next week.

Local athletics guru, Quinton-Steele Botes, who is the competition director announced the news shortly after the launch of the 16th edition of the annual athletics bonanza in Windhoek yesterday.

In a brief message dispatched through a SMS, Botes announced that as a result of numerous sporting activities taking place around Windhoek and inundated requests from potential participating clubs, the organisers saw it necessary to postpone the gathering until next Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at the original venue.

The annual Coca Cola Top 10 Athletics Championships is a 3-hour non-stop action event covering track and field events, with the country's leading athletes (male and female) grilling each other for top honours in 13 different events.

A total of 12 clubs from as far as Swakopmund, Rehoboth, Tsumeb, Walvis Bay, Gobabis and hosts Windhoek are expected to parade their top athletes in various track and field events, such as the 100m, 200m, 400m sprints and the 110m hurdles, as well as the 800m and 1500m races, while the field events include high jump, discus, shotput, javelin and the triple jump.

Botes urged coaches to encourage their top athletes to use the event for qualification in major upcoming events internationally. "There is an urgent need to stage and organise more competitions of this nature to get athletes to qualify for international events," added Botes.

What makes the gathering more interesting is that clubs are obliged to field balanced teams (males and females) in the various events with five of the athletes in the top 10 bracket to be derived from the opposite gender.

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