Wheelchair basketballers don't have training facility

Wheelchair basketballers don't have training facility
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Namibia Wheelchair Basketball Federation

Wheelchair basketballers are finding the going tough ahead of the Commonwealth qualifying games set to take place next month in South Africa.
The Katutura Youth Complex used to house the wheelchair basketballers every Sunday afternoon, but then Covid came and things changed.
It has been accommodating homeless people ever since the outbreak of the Corona Pandemic last year.
For the Basketballers, who have to prepare for an upcoming competition in South Africa , this poses a real challenge as they have to look for other facilities.
The captain of the men's Wheelchair Basketball team,Mitch Dewaldt, told nbc sport more about their dilemma.
”We understand the situation and that is why we are not pressing. We are also trying to find other means, so that we can co-exists with the pandemic. Cause it's affecting all of us . People with disabilities have been effected by this in more than one way and Covid has made us aware that we need to live more health-conscious. Exercising also plays a big role in living healthy, so we have to find ways to pursue it” DeWaldt said.
Acquiring other facilities is costly as they have to pay rent and also transport for both the players and the equipment to and back to the Katutura Youth Complex where the equipment is stored.
De Waldt added: “Right now we have some challenges. We don't have proper wheels for the wheelchairs. We are looking for tires as I we also do fund raising, but we have not been able to do that. We are also in need of Basketball and pips. We are looking for sponsors to assist us within that regard”.
The team plans to have a one or two-week long high performance camp at UNAM if funds permits , with players from Oshana and Ohangwena regions expected to join before the final team to South Africa is selected.