22 SPORT Tuesday, February 27 2018 | NEW ERA Staff Reporter Windhoek Whk Fitness Run Series event, known as the IJG Sunrise Run, last month proved to be an extremely popular gathering with 450 people participating. The second instalment, supported by Windhoek Light and Marathon Sugar, presents a Namib- for Friday, March 2 and dawn on Saturday, March 3, 2018, where runners will venture out onto the great IJG trails to challenge each running. It will be one of the toughest and most competitive trail races in Namibia and is also open to fun runners, enabling participants to enjoy Windhoek’s best trails while indulging their love of nature. The categories for the event are as follows: Scout 12km: Dusk Stage - 4km + Dawn Stage - 8km Adventurer 24km: Dusk Stage - 8km + Dawn Stage - 16km Great Explorer 42km: Dusk Stage - 16km + Dawn Stage - 26km Thanks to sponsors Namibia Breweries, the grand prize for the male and female winner of the Great Explorer category is a muchsough-after entry to the Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra Race in June. Category winners will also receive exclusive, locally made medals. All other participants who complete a category will receive a The winners of Event #1 – Wim Steenkamp and Thomas Miller (who ran the whole 8km route barefoot) for the men, and Julia Janse Van Rensburg and Bernice Van Der Westhuizen for the women – are out to defend their podium places in the Series. On Friday evening, the Dusk Stage will take place while the sun is setting and under the rise of the full moon. The starting time is 18h00 and the cut-off time is 21h30. On Saturday morning the Dawn Stage will start at 06h00 as the sun is rising and the cut-off time will be 10h30. Prize giving, including great Lucky Draw prizes, will start at 11h00. Tickets are available on Events Today, PayToday or at Road Runners … Fun runners may choose to enter a category or a single stage on either or both days and are welcome to run, walk, hike, or dance along the routes. They can select from the Dusk stages of 4km, 8km or 16km and the Dawn stages of 8km, 16km or 26km. Airtime City kiosks until 12h00 on Thursday, March 1. Contact Farm Whk Fitness on farmwh- information. Kautondokwa now rated third by WBO WINDHOEK The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) now rates Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa third in the world after moving three places up on the ratings released yesterday. The MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy said other boxers from the academy also improved their ratings. Mike Shonena, who made his WBO rating debut just last month, improved his rating from No. 15 to 14. Shonena is expected to step into the ring on March 20 to defend his WBO Welterweight title as part of the Legacy Fight event to be hosted at Ramatex in Windhoek. The media release added that Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses is now rated No. 10, which is a clear demonstration of how highly acclaimed and respected he is after recently losing to Ray Beltran, albeit under controversial circumstances. Jeremiah ‘Low-Key’ Nakathila also improved his rating from No. 6 to No. 5 in the Junior Lightweight division. He will also step into the ring on March 20 to defend his WBO title. On the rise… Walter Kautondokwa (left), seen here landing Meshack Mwankemwa of Tanzania, has improved his ranking Photo: Nampa Sakaria Lukas remains third in the Featherweight division. “The new ratings show that we are making very good progress on the international boxing scene. Serious boxing is all about world ratings and if you are not rated, you title,” the statement said. It further added that if Kauton- boxers, he could soon challenge current world champion Billy Joe Saunders. Trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias in the statement said they are pushing for another Namibian the end of the year. – Nampa 30 attend Galz & Goals Basic Coaching Course Staff Reporter Windhoek The Galz and Goals Basic Coaching Course that started on Friday at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls centre with 30 participants registered for the three-day long course, ended on Sunday. With the former Brave Gladiators coach and now General Manager of Women Football at the NFA, Jacqueline Shipanga, as the instructor, the course covered basics such as coaching methodologies, and coordinated, dynamic, technical and static skills. Speaking at the Opening ceremony, NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro welcomed and congratulated the participants for what he called “opening the door” to football. “Brave Gladiators of tomorrow should be better than the Brave Gladiators of today, and that can only be done if we educate and equip you with enough knowledge to groom our future football legends.” He said football is about making life-changing decisions, and participants are now a step closer, nonetheless, their determination and quality of work will determine how far they go. He further thanked the Chief Administrator of the Sports Commission, Fred Mwiya, for his endless contribution and support towards various sports codes in Namibia. Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Mwiya was delighted by the number of participants who registered for the course, while expressing the joy it brings to see the interests in women football, in the quest to develop and improve the game in Namibia. He added that, “We need to look at two pillars in acquiring knowledge and skills – and that when we come to the realisation that the latter is more important, we’ll understand that isn’t the biggest thing, but rather what we do with the knowledge we acquired. “I see a great initiative in having the girl child projects. With these basic skills, don’t stop here, plough back into the community and uplift football.” NFA’s Technical Director, Timothy Tjongarero, emphasised that humility is the backbone of a successful career, adding that many people want to be at the top too early and end up burning out. “Make your mistakes, learn from them, work on them to improve and move on,” Tjongarero said. Participants will write a practical test on Sunday, prior to receiving their
Tuesday, February 27 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 23 Young Warriors get Botswana in Afcon qualifiers WINDHOeK The Young Warriors have been drawn against will be hosted by Rwanda. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday (CAF) is scheduled for the weekend of March 30 to April 1, where Namibia will play away against Botswana in Gaborone. The second leg will be in Windhoek during the weekend of April 20 to 22, with the winner set to play Congo Brazzaville in May in the second round. The winner of that meeting will advance to the third await, in July. Under-20 players compete in the youth football tournament, which is held every two years, with the top four teams qualifying for the International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) Under-20 World Cup. Warriors lost 2-0 on aggregate to South Africa, after a goalless draw in Windhoek and losing 2-0 in Johannesburg in the second round. They defeated Swaziland 4-2 in the U-20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month. – Nampa Battle ready… Photo: Nampa Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Despite her relative pocket size population, Namibia is fast becoming the preferred hub for potential investors in many areas of human development. South African company Fightstar Promotions has teamed up with local female boxing promoter Anita Tjombe, of Iron Lady Promotions, to set up and introduce a new sporting discipline, known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) The two partners have undertaken to work closely with giant local groceries retail Woermann Brock to implement and grow MMA in Namibia. “MMA is growing hugely around the globe and we have developed more athletes in South Africa but it’s always important for us to look at the grassroots level. “We need to establish an international body in Namibia and given the popularity and strength of boxing in Namibia, off,” said Fightstar’s Grant Oliff during the well-attended launch in Khomasdal, yesterday. His equally enthusiastic business partner Shawn Tylor added that they are eyeing to have Mixed Martial Arts incorporated in the quadrennial multi-sports Olympic Games by 2028. “Our immediate objective is to train local coaches and construct ‘Iron Lady’ turns attention to MMA …Mixed martial arts encroaches Namibian shores New horizons… From left: Anita Tjombe: Iron Lady Promotions, Shawn Tyler: Fightstar, Karen Woermann: Woermann Brock and Grant Oliff: Fightstar proper structures because we must have proper guidelines in place that would propel athletes to the pro ranks,’ MMA is a full-contact combat sport allowing both striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts. term ‘mixed martial arts’ was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. During the early 20th century, various mixed-style contests took place throughout Japan, Taiwan and in nations of the Four Asian Tigers. In 1980, CV Productions, Inc. league in the United States of America, named Tough Guy Contest, later rechristened “Battle of the Super Fighters”. The company sanctioned 10 tournaments in Pennsylvania. However, in 1983 the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill prohibiting the sport. Originally promoted as a competition to find the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat, competitors from against one another in contests with relatively few rules. In the intervening years, multiple martial arts into their style. MMA promoters were pressured to adopt additional rules to increase competitors’ safety, comply with sports regulations and to broaden mainstream acceptance of this particular sporting discipline. After the changes were effected, the sport has witnessed increased popularity with a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.