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Fredericks defends local athletes

Tue, 15 October 2013 22:29
by Michael Uugwanga
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Namibia’s arguably all-time successful athlete, Frank Fredericks, has defended what he claims are "unfair comments labelled against local athletes' failure to bring medals home."
The four-time and only Olympic medallist - including gold medals at world championships, world indoor championships and both All-Africa and Commonwealth games during his peak - says athletes should be applauded for their efforts.
The Commonwealth Games are set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland next year from which Fredericks hopes local athletes will bring medals home.
“Our athletes just need to create time for practice to do better at international championships,” says Fredericks.
The former Athletics Namibia president admits to the harsh challenges athletes face, such as lack of financial support and good training facilities, compared to his time as an athlete.
“Local athletes suffer a lot. No one knows where they live, how they sleep, what they think and/or what they eat. I was lucky to be sponsored by Rössing Uranium and these athletes need that kind of support,” insists Fredericks.