NEW ERA | Monday, August 7 2017 Gatlin bows to Bolt after upsetting him in 100m final Page 21 Khomas wins National Netball Championship Page 23 SPORT With the best... From left; promoter Nestor Tobias, Julius Indongo, American top boxing coach Freddie Roach, Imms Moses, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, Mikka Shonena and Jossie Hantindi posing after a training session at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood. Photos: Contributed. Indongo meets Roach as he hits Wild Card Gym ... comes face to face with Crawford in LA • Tamas Pradarics For the first time, Namibia’s undefeated WBA/IBF/IBO super lightweight world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo on Saturday finally came face to face with his American opponent Terrence Crawford at the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Miguel Marriaga fight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Although it was a briefing meet-and-greet, the two champions finally got the opportunity to rub shoulders and exchange a few words during the great occasion, which also saw them take a few pictures together as they posed for the crowd. Indongo and his team arrived safely in Los Angeles on Thursday evening for his historic super lightweight unification bout against Crawford. The two are scheduled to meet in an undisputed world championship fight on August 19 in Nebraska. The Namibian contingent first took a plane from their capital of Windhoek to Amsterdam, the Netherlands which lasted half a day. After a three-hour break they departed to Los Angeles taking another eight hours. In Los Angeles they had to stand in line for immigration for three more hours that brought the overall travel-time to 26 straight hours. On Friday afternoon, Indongo visited Freddie Roach’s world renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, where he and his team shared a few light moments with Roach as they toured through Otniel Hembapu Windhoek The headship of Namibia’s rugby premiership runners-up, Western Suburbs, have blasted a local daily newspaper for favouritism in its conduct, saying the broadsheet displays no morals when it comes to so-called ‘black’ rugby clubs. Suburbs’ rage stems from an article carried in a local Afrikaans daily newspaper, which suggested that the Khomasdal club’s qualification to this year’s South African Rugby Union (SARU) Gold Cup was partly by virtue of them being a previously disadvantaged club and not necessarily being the 2017 Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Premier League runners-up. Best of both worlds... Namibia’s triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo (right) on Saturday finally came face to face with Terrence Crawford during the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Miguel Marriaga fight in Los Angeles, California. the gym that birthed some of the world greatest fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and others. During the team’s stay in Los Angeles, Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) will use Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym to make the finishing touches on his training camp. Indongo is with two key sparring partners, former lightweight world champion Paulus Moses as well as welterweight prospect Mikka Shonena, who will help Indongo finish camp at this last stage The Gold Cup is a top competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe and since domestic league champions University of Namibia (Unam) are a varsity team, the organisers of the Gold Cup automatically chose to go with runners-up Western Suburbs to represent the country at this year’s competition, since they are not a university team. The very same protocol was also followed last year when Unam won the league but could not participate and Wanderers, who were last year’s runners-up, ended up taking their spot in the competition. This year Suburbs will represent Namibia in the Gold Cup through the very same etiquette. But according to the Suburbs management, who issued a strongly worded statement over the weekend, the said newspaper article deliberately chose to brush aside clear facts explaining the competition’s qualification criteria and rather opted to paint Suburbs’ hard-earned qualification as just a mere token by the Gold Cup organisers, since they are a ‘previously disadvantaged’ club. “Suburbs have over the past 10 years built up a reputable brand which encompasses discipline, attitude, teamwork and excellence in what we do. We have set ourselves objectives to be competitive and a force to be reckoned with, which we proudly have achieved over the past decade. We qualified for the Gold Cup with dignity and pride based on the rules set by the organisers. The reporter referred to us as a of preparation. “We have known Freddie for a while as he was also with us when Julius knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky in forty seconds in Moscow. Freddie is a great person and we feel blessed to be able to work at his gym. Julius was absolutely impressed by the atmosphere of the place,” said Namibia and Africa’s top boxing promoter Nestor Tobias. Indongo resonated well with the gym and practised a total of 14 rounds during the session. “Our training regimen was as usual. We have a strict program we are following. Julius sparred six frames, had four rounds of pad work, two rounds on the heavy bag and two more of shadow boxing,” Nestor described. Roach is an American Hall of Fame boxing trainer and former professional boxer, who is widely regarded as one of the best boxing trainers of all time. He is the enduring mentor of the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr, former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and many others Team Indongo is scheduled to hit Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday. Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) holds the WBA/IBF/IBO super lightweight world titles while Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) is the reigning WBC/WBO/Ring world champion. The two are scheduled to have an all-belt unification that is extremely rare in boxing. - BoxingScene.com Suburbs enraged by ‘previously disadvantaged’ axiom previously disadvantaged club and ‘that is how we probably qualified’. This is absolute nonsense. This was and is not a qualification criteria at all. Our players worked hard with dignity, dedication and pride for the position,” reads the statement. The club’s management further said: “The reporter seems to justify our participation as a favour with reference to a previously disadvantaged club. When we beat Wanderers in the past or during this season, was there any reference made to previously disadvantaged? No, not at all. “When Wanderers participated during 2016, did we make reference to them as an advantaged club that qualified? No! We should refrain from racially orientated remarks. If we Namibian marathoners perform poorly in London WINDHOEK Namibian marathon runners Reonard Namupala and Paulus Iiyambo yesterday finished in 35th and 37th positions at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships underway in London. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website, the championships started on Friday and will end on August 14. Five athletes, competing in the marathon events for men and women, are representing Namibia at the event. Yesterday, Namupala finished 10 minutes and 24 seconds (10.24) behind the winner, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui of Kenya, who finished the race in 02 hours, 08 minutes and 27 seconds (02.08:27), followed by Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia and Alphonce Felix Simbu of Tanzania. This was Nampula’s seasonal best of 02.18:51. Meanwhile Iiyambo finished 37th, just a minute and six seconds behind his teammate. A total of 71 athletes reached the finish line out of 100 who initially started the race. Namibia’s team of three female runners were expected to compete in the women event late yesterday. The three female runners are Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo and Lavinia Haitope.- Nampa ought to demand bigger participation of players of colour in the national team on similar requirements, of a non-existent Transformation Policy, we are labelled racist. So please do not tag us racially. It must be made clear that Wanderers qualified on exactly the same grounds during 2016 as Suburbs in 2017.” The 2017 SARU Gold Cup will be the second season of the competition since its name change, having previously been known as the Community Cup. The competition is the top competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. This year’s competition will retain the same timeslot as the 2016 edition, taking place between September 9 and October 29, 2017.