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NEW ERA | Thursday, July 20 2017 Allies takes swipe at Pieters’ fabrication Page 22 Coastal schools on fire in FNB Classic Clashes Page 23 SPORT Nambala wins second medal at IPC Championships Hesron Kapanga London Johannes Nambala won Namibia’s second medal in the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships after finishing second in the 200m final on Tuesday night. Nambala clocked 21.81 seconds while winner, Jason Smyth of Ireland, ran a seasonal best of 21.40 seconds to successfully defend his title in the T13 category. Nambala told Nampa after the race he was glad to have won a medal after missing out on one in the 100m on Sunday. “I was really close to Jason but he was too quick on the bend and I almost gave up – but when I saw the guy from Poland (Mateusz Michalski) coming close to me I continued pushing. I am happy to have finished second even though I wanted that gold medal too,” he said. Michalski finished third with a personal best of ... targets world record in tomorrow’s race Photo: Nampa Son of the soil... Namibian Para-athlete Johannes Nambala proudly hoisting the Namibian flag after clinching a silver medal in the men’s T13 200m at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in London. 21.86 seconds. Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju won the first medal (silver) for Namibia on Saturday in the men’s T11 100m. Nambala now turns his attention to the 400m, which takes place tomorrow (Friday). Namibian rookie athlete Eino Mushila will also run in the same race with Nambala. Mushila finished last in heat one of the T13 200m with a personal best time of 24.72 seconds on Monday. Shikongo and Tjivuju will compete in the T11 200m heats later today. Focusing on tomorrow’s 400m race, Nambala said he is determined to set a new world record when he gets out of the starting blocks tomorrow. Mohamed Amguoun is the world 400m record holder (47.15 seconds) set at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Moroccan Amguoun broke the record when he finished ahead of Nambala in Rio last year. Nambala’s personal best time (PBT) in this particular race stands at 47.21 seconds. “I’ve been running 500m and 600m at training and I know if I focus well I will be gunning for the world record. I have lost to Mohamed a number of times in this particular race, but I’ve figured out his weakness. All I am praying for is to have a good start, then the rest will sort itself out,” Nambala said confidently. The championships started in London last Friday and end on Sunday. This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities, and in a few events, those with intellectual disabilities, and is governed by the IPC. - Nampa Young athlete’s mother cries foul Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek The irate mother of Namibia’s sprinting sensation Sade de Sousa has come out with guns blazing, accusing an athletics official of prejudicial treatment towards her daughter at the just ended IAAF Under-18 World Youth Championship in Nairobi, Kenya. Sade apparently informed her mother that she felt she was sidelined by certain athletics officials that accompanied the travelling entourage to the east African country. To substantiate her suspicion, Sade had said she felt aggrieved when she was left to fend for herself after her peers were done with their respective heats and retreated to the hostel (games village). Sade was made to walk in the rain to find the next bus to the hostel since her heat was the last item of the day, with most of the busses already gone. As a result the poor girl arrived late at the hostel with the kitchen already closed and had to go to bed on an empty stomach. Sade’s mother, Liza Bezuidenhoudt, who went to Kenya to support her daughter, told New Era Sport that Sade was subjected to all sorts of inhuman treatment to the extent that she wanted to return home. “She told me she wanted to go home because she had no joy in continuing being part of the delegation as she felt team manager Leonie van Rensburg’s attention was more on the boys than her.” Regrettably, Sade (hamstring) and Theron Human (boy) suffered injuries. However, trouble erupted when Sade’s mother decided to accompany her injured daughter to the hostel. She managed to squeeze her frame into the team’s bus – an exercise that did not go down exactly well with Leonie. “As much as I tried to explain to Leonie that I obtained permission from the officials to accompany my injured daughter on the team bus, Leonie was spitting fire threatening to have my accreditation revoked. “I felt so humiliated, and so were all the passengers, though they could not understand Afrikaans but could sense that there was a heated argument.” Eventually Sade was referred for MRI scans and when she texted the team manager Leonie she was informed she was occupied with Theron. And when the latter arrived, Leonie wanted to know who was going to take care of Sade’s medical bill – insisting why she did not go with her to the South African doctor that treated Theron, as she ostensibly would have received free treatment. Liza has informed Athletics Namibia that her daughter must not be considered for future international gatherings under the auspices of the umbrella body where Leonie is part of it in whatever capacity. Contacted for comment, AN president Erwin Naimwaka said he did receive the complaint which he viewed in a very serious light but At the centre of the storm... Namibian sprinter Sade de Sousa could not divulge details as to what kind of action would be taken to address the accusations. “Yes, I did receive the letter of complaint that was also copied to various media houses. These are very serious accusations of misconduct. The executive council will convene on Saturday, so until then I’m unable to express myself on the issue.” On her part, Leonie says she has been operating as team manager for a significant number of years and has always faced such problems in the past whenever parents travel with their offspring. “I don’t want to comment, but parents always interfere with the duties and designated functions of team management. “There were a few others on the tour to Nairobi who threatened to draft letters of complaint as well. I’m waiting for all them to submit their grievances before I compile my final report,” she said briefly.

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