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A team of four athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, set for July 23 to August 8, 2021, in Japan, including Namibia’s golden girls Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi who recorded the world’s fastest 400 m times (49, 24 and 49, 53 seconds respectively) this year, paid a courtesy visit to Vice President Dr Nangolo Mbumba on April 28, 2021. The Vice President met the delegation which was led by the Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Hon. Agnes Tjongarero, accompanied by Mr Freddy Mwiya, Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, and Ms Joan Smit, Secretary-General of the Namibian National Olympic Committee, at the Old Statehouse. The purpose of the meeting was to provide top-level Government support and encouragement to the athletes during their preparations, in order for them to represent Namibia and its people to the best of their ability by being victorious at the Olympic Games. At the occasion, the Vice President also assured the athletes that the entire Namibian Government and the nation were fully united behind them, and would be cheering them on all the way to the top. During the meeting, the Vice President also informed the athletes of his initial plans to issue them with a personal modest token of sponsorship, but that Telecom Namibia came on board and joined his noble cause, by pledging a pair of running shoes to each of them. As such a donation to the value of N$3000 per athlete for the twelve (12) athletes who qualified for the Olympic Games was pledged, totalling N$36 000. The athletes represent various sporting codes such as boxing, athletics, cycling, rowing and hopefully karate. The Hon. Minister expressed appreciation to the Vice President and the Government, as well as to Telecom for the kind gesture of visible support that has instilled confidence in the athletes and strengthened their resolve to be victorious at the Olympic Games. And that the donation would go a long way to help them achieve their dreams of Olympic glory, and to do the country proud. The Presidency, therefore, takes this opportunity, while mindful of the difficult economic situation in which the country currently finds itself, to urge the Namibian public, private sector and sport loving enthusiasts to join hands in supporting the Namibian Olympics team in any way possible.

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