Chief Execu-tive Officer (CEO) of the Namibian Rugby Union(NRU), Sybrand de Beer has revealed that he is not aware why the national sevens rugby team were excluded from the traveling party to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
"I do not know why we are not going to take part at the games because we never received information from Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) about the requirements. We have the budget to take part in the sevens event. We just heard that the teams were already selected. We didn’t receive any letter from the NNOC about us not going to the games," said de Beer.
NNOC Secretary-General, Joan Smit denied, de Beer claims that her office had send a letter to the union informing them about their exclusion from the games.
“We sent them a letter last year in December about their exclusion from the games because they didn’t meet the requirements to take part at the event. The games looked at the rankings per countries and Namibia is way below countries like Kenya and South Africa in the sevens.
“It is not NNOC that decide which sport codes will be going to the games but they looked at the rankings and that is the unfortunate part.
We had a discussion with the union in December if I am talking under correction about the whole process," said Smit.
The Villager Sports also learnt that NNOC had budgeted money for sports that will not partake at this year’s games, thus Smit said the money will be divided among the athletes that will be going to the games.
“We received money from the Commonwealth Games Federation for this games in order to divide it among the sport codes that will be at the games but unfortunate not all sport codes had qualified for the games. We are planning of dividing the money among the athletes who have qualified for the games," said Smit.