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NLAC looks forward to athletics season.

Namib Lions Athletics Club (NLAC) chairperson says they are looking forward to the annual Coca Cola regional club challenge, which is part of the Athletics Namibia (AN) ranking series.

The first AN championship for the season took place over the weekend at Rietfontein near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.

In an inyterviews with Nampa on Monday, Michael Hamukwaya the chairperson and founder of Namib Lions Athletics Club said he was happy to see the first championships of the year being held at a new venue which is by far one of the best athletic tracks in the country.

'After a long time off the track I was happy with our athlete's performance as this is about their raking points for the athletic series,' he said.

He added that the NLAC is currently in the process of building at team that will probably represent the country at the 2024 Olympics as well as the Paralympic Games.

'We took five able body athletes and five para-athletes to the opening Grand Prix for AN ranking series and I must say I was really proud of their performance especially the para-athletes who gave it their all on the day as this is also an event that can improve their rankings with the International Paralympic Committee,' Hamukwaya said.

Hamukwaya stated that with the dedication shown by the athletes on the opening event of the series they are now looking forward to the upcoming championships of the series as they aim is to see their athletes gaining more experience.

'We got the program for athletics Namibia last year which in return helped us to prepare well during the festive season and as a club our goal is to compete well this year and continue building on it until 2024 where these young athletes might probably represent their country at a world stage,'

The second leg of the AN Grand Prix will be held on 22 February 2020 in Otjiwarongo and Hamukwaya stated that despite the Otjiwarongo field being a gravel one they will give it their all.

'In Rietfontein we used a new track which was really amazing to see that we have such a beautiful six lane track outside of Windhoek but we are going back to the drawing board and prepare well for the second leg of the Grand Prix in February,' he said.

The founder and chairperson of NLAC also thanked Prosperity Namibia who provided them with transport to the championship that was held in Rietfontein.

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Publication:The Namibia Press Agency NAMPA (Windhoek, Namibia)
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Date:Jan 27, 2020
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