The NAMDIA Foundation has dug into its pockets again to sponsor the country’s athletics team participating in the World Athletics Under 20 Championships taking place from 17 to 22 August 2021.

The games taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, will be graced by Namibia’s Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma.

Mboma will lead a team of sprinters competing in track events as follows: Beatrice Masilingi (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), Mboma (200m, 4×100 relay)), Elvis Gaseb (100m), Ndawana Haitembu (4×100 relay), Carien Oosthuzen (4x100m relay), Nandi Vass (4×100 relay).

The management team will consist of Meriam Minin (team leader), Henk Botha (coach), and Covid-19 liaison officer Normin Lucas.

NAMDIA has thus given the team N$258 728 for its stay in Nairobi.

“Sport has always been a universal unifier that transverses gender, ethnicity, creed and color. More than ever, this immeasurable unifier is direly needed as the nation battles the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At The NAMDIA Foundation we believe that sports not only unites a nation, but keeps our youth off the streets, instill discipline and provide them with a purpose,” said NAMDIA’s spokesperson Ms Beverley Coussement.

“It is with this in mind that the Foundation strongly felt the need to have Sports as one of its focus pillars and have thus far sponsored the following sports and sports related initiatives:

  • Sponsorship of the Brave Warriors at AFCON in 2019;
  • Sponsorship for the Sports Woman of the Year Award at the Namibian Annual Sports Awards;
  • The broadcasting of the Rugby World Cup by NBC television in 2019;
  • Sponsorship for the National Women’s Hockey team for the Tokyo 2020 Qualifiers;
  • Sponsorship of the Namibia National Olympic Team under the banner of the Namibia National Olympic Council (NNOC) for their participation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, in July 2021.

“As the Corporate Social Responsibility vehicle of NAMDIA, The NAMDIA Foundation remains dedicated to its convictions and addressing Namibia’s social and economic ills through the fields of Education, Health and Sports.

“We proudly stand behind our athletes and wish them great success and an even greater future in sports.”

In the photo: The sprinters.