Some athletes who are expected to participate at the forthcoming Common Wealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland have not yet received payments for their preparations, The Villager Sports has established.
All athletes who are participating at the Glasgow event starting 23 July are expected to receive N$27 000 each. Namibia is sending athletes from Athletics, Bowling, Swimming and boxing.
Secretary-General of the Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Joan Smit confirmed that some athletes are still to receive their payment because they have not followed the right procedures.
“They need to submit quotations and receipts for whatever they need for consideration. However most of them have not yet done this,” she said.
Some of the athletes who are still to receive their money include Paralympic gold medallist Johanna Benson and the Namibia boxing Federation athletes.
Benson a Gold and Silver medallist winner at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London will be taking part in the long jump at the games and not her favourite T37 100m and 200m heat.
Smit added that, “ We have paid athletes in shooting, cycling, bowling, swimming and long distance runners such as Beat Naigambo, Hilalia Johannes-Utoni, Ndeshimuna Ekandjo and Reonald Namupala already received their money.”
Smit, also said that those athletes who have not been given their money should submit proper documents or quotations of their preparations needs to their federations.
“Those athletes should submit in their needs such as quotations of goods they want, proper diet quotations because athletes needs to eat certain food and not just any type of food. Our office is still open for the federations to come as long they have proper documents,” she said.
Smit also added that, “ I have a copy that we wrote to the federations that they should provide the necessary documents because the list of names of boxers for the games did not meet the requirements such as the Association International Boxing Amateur (AIBA),” said Smit.
Benson told The Villager Sport that she was never informed about the availability of the money adding that, “I only heard from someone telling me that we athletes are supposed to get money for our preparation and no one from my federation told me about it.”
Secretary-General of NBF, Joe Kaperu also revealed that he is in the dark when asked if the federation have received athletes’ preparations money.
“We didn’t receive the money and I don’t not know why,” said Kaperu.
Boxer, Japhet Utoni was the last athlete to bring home medals after winning a Gold medal at the same event in 2006, Melbourne, Australia and Silver in 2010 in New Delhi, India.
“Our numbers of athletes will be fewer than previous events because we don’t want to go there for the sake of making up numbers but to compete. We have proved that at the youth games that took place in Botswana were we came 10th out of 55 countries from Africa and swimming has the potential to win a medal,” said Smit.