The Commonwealth Games have started today in the British city of Birmigham where athletes from 72 countries will be vying for top honours.

Namibia has 33 athletes participating (25 men and 8 women), and they are led by Christine Mboma and Ananias Shikongo.

While Mboma and Shikongo have excelled at the top of the world’s athletics in their codes in the last two years, so that brilliant performances by the two will be expected, the two Namibian amateur boxers in the games will be some of the athletes to watch.

Jonas Junias Jonas will be at it again against the best of boxers from the English-speaking world. Jonas’ greatest performance came on 14 April 2018 when he won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, when he defeated Thomas Blumenfeld of Canada 5-0 in the 63kg final.

Another boxer to watch will be Tryagain Ndevelo, whose greatest performance came when he won a bronze medal in the Boys 60kg category at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July 2017.

The Commonwealth Games end on 8 August.

In the photo: Tryagain Ndevelo (in red).