Athletics meeting attracts many

Athletics meeting attracts many

MORE than 50 athletes turned up for the Namibian Athletes Association meeting held at the Katutura Youth Complex last week and its chairperson, Agnes Samaria, said she was impressed by the turnout.

Samaria, Namibia’s 800-metre Olympic runner, said the main reason for the gathering was to start a database of active athletes in all the regions as well as to take note of all the challenges and needs of such athletes. The Namibian Athletes Association was established in January this year and acts as a union for athletes.It was started according to the regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).The association is led by a group of nine athletes called the Active Working Members.The Active Working Members group is made up of Agnes Samaria, Leonie van Rensburg (Secretary-General), Harry Kharigub (Treasurer), Erwin Naimhwaka (additional member), Frank Fredericks, Charmaine Smit, Frans Hosea, Reinhold Iita and Beata Naigambo.Samaria said the athletes’ problems have been noted and will be forwarded to the relevant authorities for action.She said as soon as the association takes root in the Khomas Region, representatives will be selected from other regions to act on behalf of their colleagues.”We are not trying to work against the athletics authorities, but instead we want to work together in the interest of the sport,” Samaria stressed.At this stage, Athletics Namibia are not supposed to send athlethes for international participation after their affairs were put under investigation by the Namibia Sports Commision.The Commission initially investigated the books of AN after the current management has been accused of financial irregularities.AN will only be expected to send athletes to regional championships from next year to enable them to qualify for international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games.The next meeting is scheduled for January next year.-NampaThe Namibian Athletes Association was established in January this year and acts as a union for athletes.It was started according to the regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).The association is led by a group of nine athletes called the Active Working Members.The Active Working Members group is made up of Agnes Samaria, Leonie van Rensburg (Secretary-General), Harry Kharigub (Treasurer), Erwin Naimhwaka (additional member), Frank Fredericks, Charmaine Smit, Frans Hosea, Reinhold Iita and Beata Naigambo.Samaria said the athletes’ problems have been noted and will be forwarded to the relevant authorities for action.She said as soon as the association takes root in the Khomas Region, representatives will be selected from other regions to act on behalf of their colleagues.”We are not trying to work against the athletics authorities, but instead we want to work together in the interest of the sport,” Samaria stressed.At this stage, Athletics Namibia are not supposed to send athlethes for international participation after their affairs were put under investigation by the Namibia Sports Commision.The Commission initially investigated the books of AN after the current management has been accused of financial irregularities.AN will only be expected to send athletes to regional championships from next year to enable them to qualify for international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games.The next meeting is scheduled for January next year.-Nampa

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