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A new year for sports to thrive

Mon, 18 January 2016 05:00
by Andreas Kathindi

The earth has successfully completed its orbit around the sun yet again, and we are already well into what could be another step towards greatness for Namibian sports.

2015 was overall a decent year for Namibia to showcase what our athletes can do as we had some - like show jumping rider Michelle Künzle winning medals at an international level -, but we walked away with mixed results at the 2015 edition of the

This year, the stakes have been raised, most notably with the return of the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro. With Namibia never winning a gold medal at the Olympics and no medal since 1996 when Frankie Fredericks was in his prime, an opportunity to fill those massive shoes this athlete left behind has once again presented itself.

Of the hopefuls, perhaps shooter Gaby Ahrens comes closest to achieving this. But it will be a mammoth task regardless. After winning our first gold medal at the Paralympics in 2012 through para-athlete Johanna Benson, it is yet again time for local Paralympians to make themselves and the rest of the country proud.

With immense talent across the board, there is a lot of promise, especially after doing well at the All Africa Games, winning a good number of gold medals.

However, the multisport platform is not the only significant sport date for Namibia’s calendar year. After winning the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations’ (COSAFA) Cup, we will have the opportunity to defend the title on home soil.

The title carries a lot of significance as it was the Brave Warriors’ first, and after a rocky post- win period, with bad Afcon and World Cup qualifier campaigns, a back-to-back win of the COSAFA title may just be what the team needs to lift them again.

All in all, it is poised to be a good year, so let the games begin!