Despite a successful year for marathon athlete Beata Naigambo, where she managed to beat her personal best time of 2:27:54 set at the Dubai Marathon in 2013, it has been marred with concern.
Naigambo qualified for the World Championships to be held in Beijing, China in August by setting a new personal best of 2:27:28 at the Hamburg Marathon.
That also set her on course for what she says would be her dream to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. However, she has been uncertain whether she will actually be going there.
“My training so far has been going well, but as I have not yet heard from my association on whether they will be sending me, it is a bit worrisome.
To compete in a marathon like that, I have to have had at least three months’ preparation, but I am running out of time as the World Championships are next month,” she lamented.
“They have only informed us about the All Africa Games, but I do not want to focus on the All Africa Games.
I don’t think they will do anything for me. My aim is to push for the World Championships,” Naigambo fadded.
When contacted for details, chairperson of Athletics Namibia Alna Similo explained that as they have not yet heard from the International Association of Athletics’ Federations (IAAF), they could also not relay information they did not have yet.
“As the only Namibian who has so far qualified for the World Championships, Naigambo will be going.
They (IAAF) gave us a deadline to submit the names of the athletes going, which we have already done. So, we are only waiting on them,” said Similo.
“What I believe is happening is that they are focused on the World Youth Championships (Cali 2015), which start on 15 July in Colombia. We have received a quota of two athletes, but we have four who have qualified.
Once the Cali event is done, I believe the IAAF will then focus their attention on the World Championships. They will send out invitations, and we can then get the visas done”, the official explained.
Meanwhile, Naigambo will be leaving for Swaziland to participate in the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs’ Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) Games taking place this month.