Namibia prepares for first-ever participation in World Beach games

Namibia prepares for first-ever participation in World Beach games
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Pictured: Firmino Bonaventure Mael(23), Mantius Amukoshi(19), Tireemukuru Toromba(19), Kautjeza John Tjirimuje(20) and Delegation member Malakia Matias
A team of four players has been selected to represent Namibia in Doha, Qatar for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games this week.
In line with this, the first-ever national 3x3 all-men's basketball team left for Qatar on Wednesday already.
They are accompanied by a delegation of three officials who were selected from the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) and have assisted the boys with preparations prior to the games.
One of the players, Firmino Bonaventure Mael, said he was more than excited to be part of history in the making.
“My team and I have received such great support from our chaperones and the Olympic Committee, as well as from our families and community” he said.
Tireemukuru Toromba, another player, explained: “Being part of Team Namibia at such a worldwide platform is a huge honour and the team feels the same duty as myself: to properly represent the country on and off the court”.
“As chaperones we understand that our responsibility to be respectable representatives is just as important as that of the players. We wish to learn a thing or two by attending these games, so as to implement it upon our return into our own basketball and sporting culture” NBF treasurer Sylvia Sawahenga added.
The Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) has ensured the provision of all necessary equipment for the travelling team and fully supports them.
The games will be officially opened by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Saturday, 12 October 2019.
Of as this weekend, the event will then last for about seven days, with an expected number of 1 240 athletes from over 100 countries and 14 sport codes participating in 16 disciplines.
The Namibian men will be in a pool of 16 male teams and 32 teams in total, including the women's teams.
Their participation in the 3x3 games will be as of Sunday, 13 October until Wednesday, 16 October 2019
3x3 is considered the number one urban team sport worldwide and has created a buzz within the basketball community of Namibia as well.
Statistically they have performed better at 3x3 competitions than 5on5, hence the eagerness to see the results yielded from this competition.
Meanwhile, the Basketball Federation is working towards granting more opportunities such as these to its players.
Competitions such as the beach games earlier this year in Cape Verde and the u18 Young Lions Cup are just examples of how hard the Federation is pushing towards making Namibia an Olympic nation in the discipline of basketball.
The ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, in collaboration with Bornan Sports Technology, have also officially launched the official Games app, AWBG 2019, designed to enhance fans' experience and keep them up-to-date with the latest scores from the inaugural event.