NEW ERA | Thursday, November 9 2017 Nakaleke improves own record Page 22 WPP readies for year-end series this weekend Page 23 SPORT Mannetti wants to leave footprints at 2018 CHAN ... Dr Hage Geingob Cup this Saturday Halted... Namibia’s sprint legend Frank Fredericks is now suspended from the IOC. IOC suspends Fredericks over corruption charges The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended Frank Fredericks as a member, after the Namibian former 100m and 200m star was charged in France on suspicion of corruption in the vote for the 2016 Olympic host city. The four-time Olympic sprint medallist initially stepped aside from his IOC duties in March, when it was reported by French newspaper Le Monde that he had received a 0,000 payment on the day Rio was awarded the right to host the 2016 Games. Fredericks was formally questioned last week and French authorities subsequently handed him preliminary charges of passive corruption and laundering corrupt goods. The former sprinter has denied any wrongdoing, but the IOC has taken action and decided to suspend the 50-year-old. “Considering the gravity and urgency of the situation and its impact on the reputation of the IOC, the IOC (executive board) decides to suspend Mr Frank Fredericks from all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his quality as an IOC member,” the organization said in a statement. Fredericks was allegedly paid money by a Brazilian businessman, via Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, then a senior IOC member. Both Diacks are under investigation, as are numerous others, including former Rio Olympic Committee chief Carlos Nuzman, who was arrested in Brazil last month and also suspended by the IOC. Fredericks also lost his role leading an IOC panel overseeing bids by Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics, and was provisionally suspended by the IAAF back in July. - www.rt.com Airborne battle... The Brave Warriors, who are busy preparing for next year’s CHAN tournament to take place in Morocco, will this Saturday confront the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 16h00. Photo: Nampa Staff Reporter Windhoek Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti will be looking to make a serious impact at the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) draw to be held on November 17 in Rabat, Morocco. Zimbabwe and the Comoros during a four-legged affair between the two nations in August – and heading into hoping his charges will progress past the competition’s group stages. “We want to win every game at CHAN. It will be unrealistic to predict what will happen without looking at be conducted and then we will see who we face and how best should we out of the group. I will be happy if we get out of the group, and take it from there,” Mannetti says. He adds that the NFA is planning a three-week training camp for the Brave Warriors in north Africa, in similar conditions as in Morocco and he plans to have more preparatory games as well. a three-week training camp outside Namibia. I’m worried about the pitches and so need similar ones to Morocco’s. We will have a couple of training matches against other nations as we round up our preparations for CHAN.” Mannetti also called on players to for the upcoming CHAN tournament and AFCON qualifiers slated for March next year. “It’s all about healthy competition. For me all players are equal and if you are good enough you will play and this should encourage CHAN players to push for places in the Brave Warriors A team as well as for the AFCON explains Mannetti. The coach is also looking to have more depth in defence, saying: “The players that have trained for four months form the core of the team – they have the edge but we constantly look to widen the scope. The centre back position – I need more players in that area. I still have Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira and Ferdinand Karongee and that is not enough depth push and make their breakthrough into the national team.” will face the Warriors of Zimbabwe in for N each at Web-tickets Namibia at all Pick n Pay stores countrywide, while a limited number of tickets will be sold at the gate for N.