22 SPORT Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA Fredericks to appeal IAAF suspension WINDHOEK Namibia’s sprint legend Frank Fredericks said he will appeal his suspension by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Fredericks said this in a media statement released on his behalf by Oxygen Communications late Monday. The Namibian multiple Olympic medalists refuted allegations that he unlawfully received a payment worth about 0,000 from Papa Massata Diack days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city. “I have not breached the IAAF Code of Ethics,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. The IAAF investigation into Fredericks, who is also the subject of a parallel International Olympic Committee (IOC) ethics investigation, concerns payments received by Fredericks’ company, Yemi Limited, from a company owned and controlled by Diack of Pamodzi Sports Consulting. As an IOC member, Fredericks was one of the persons entitled to vote to award the 2016 Olympics. Fredericks said the payment he received was legitimate and related to his role in the promotion of several athletics events. Following the allegations against him, Fredericks voluntarily resigned as a member of the IAAF’s Russia Task Force and also withdrew from all his IOC responsibilities. Fredericks said he looks forward to the final outcome of the matter to enable him to put this saga behind him for good. The investigation will be led by Sir Anthony Hooper, a former judge of the English Court of Appeal and an experienced investigator in the context of sports integrity. – Nampa Fighting back... Namibia’s athletics sprint legend Frank Fredericks. ickboxing club a hit at Khorixas Clemans Miyanicwe Khorixas Barely a month after its launch at the northwestern town of Khorixas, Ring Contact Fighting Arts International (RCFAI) Khorixas Academy has already proven a hit amongst the town’s youngsters. “We only have training on Monday and Wednesday but these youngsters are so excited that they come for training every day. It’s a hit,” Phillip Muller, vice chairperson of Ring Contact Arts International Khorixas Academy, said. Every day numbers are increasing, having only started with about 40 youth. For the first month it was free, but the academy’s students now pay a monthly fee of N. “The kickboxing federation is very delighted with the new development club as there is a need in Khorixas and whole of Namibia. RCFAI Khorixas Academy plans to teach as much disciplines to students of all ages, races and genders,” Muller said. The members of the club teach: kickboxing, self defense, mixed martial arts, fitness, close combat and all other martial arts associated with to kickboxing. “We have an excellent support structure and it’s the clubs in Namibia’s responsibility to develop sports from beginners to expert’s levels. We will always encourage anyone interested to join the sports as the main aim of the academy is cater for the physical wellbeing of the youth and vulnerable to empower and defend themselves as well as compete on global stage,” Muller said. The vice chairperson said: “We want to reach out to less fortunate students. Help them obtain confidence and keep them away from bad habits especially during school holidays, as well as have a positive aim and outlook in their lives.” Muller said it’s their dream to make the club the best learning ground for students. RCFAI Khorixas Academy already has one trainer, three punching bags and two mats. RCFAI clubs in Walvis Bay and For the people... RCFAI Khorixas Academy also aims to develop students with disabilities to improve their selfesteem to better cope with their circumstances. Photo: Contributed Windhoek welcomed the newest addition at Khorixas and wished them good fortune and the best of luck, according to Muller. The management of RCFAI Khorixas Academy include Gideon Gurirab, head of centre at Khorixas for Ministry of Youth, National Services and Sports, and Mogale Karimbue, the chairperson of Kunene Youth Regional Forum. RCFAI was implemented by Master Joe Viljoen, an eight-time world champion kickboxer, who left the field undefeated.
Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Third week of field hockey league excites Growing in stature... The next round of matches are slated for this weekend at the Wanderers Sports Field, Windhoek High School and Aloe Park, all in Windhoek. Men’s Premier League log TEAMS PLAYED WON LOST DRAW GF GA BONUS POINTS DTS 3 2 1 7 6 0 8 WOBSC 2 2 0 9 1 2 8 SAINTS 3 2 1 19 5 2 8 BDO WAND 2 1 1 6 5 1 4 UNAM 3 1 2 10 10 1 4 NUST 3 0 3 3 27 0 0 Women’s Premier League log TEAMS PLAYED WON LOST DRAWN GF GA BONUS POINTS Saints 3 3 0 0 18 0 3 12 BDO WAND 2 2 0 0 6 0 1 7 WOBSC 2 1 1 5 5 1 4 NUST 2 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 DTS 2 0 2 0 0 11 0 0 UNAM 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 Staff Reporter Windhoek The exciting Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Premier League entered its 3rd round of matches in Windhoek last weekend and saw adrenaline-pumping clashes in both the men and women’s divisions with previously unbeaten DTS surrendering their 100% winning streak. In the men’s division, action got underway with a clash between BDO Wanderers and NUST and unlike the heavy defeats suffered in the past, the latter were full of vigour but could not sustain the onslaught from the fired-up White Stallions who emerged 6-1 victors, with Stefan du Preez registering a brace on the scoresheet. Unam and Saints battled it out in a titanic clash but the former had a lot to prove after falling short in the opening two rounds. The match was not made easier by a rampant young Saints team who ran out 4-1 winners. Saints’ Nico Neetling netted twice while Kavee Tjikuniva pulled back a consolation goal for the students. The last match in the men’s premier league featured a well-drilled WOBSC side against table toppers DTS. However, the clash of the titans did not turn out exactly well for DTS as initially anticipated as WOBSC hammered their opponents 4-0 via Dylan Finch (2) in the high scoring match that saw DTS suffering their first defeat of the season. In the women’s division, a trio of matches were conducted featuring BDO Wanderers against NUST in a tightly contested match which saw BDO Wanderers emerging victorious by a solitary goal via Bianca Muller. In the 2nd match, Unam opened their account for the season with their first match against Saints but the students were in for a rude awakening finding themselves wanting, as their traditionally strong defending was stretched to the limits. Saints did not hold back and ran out comfortable winners, rattling the opposition net on no fewer than four occasions without a reply. K. Schimming was the top goal scorer for the rampant Saints. The match between DTS and WOBSC could not be played since the majority of DTS players were unavailable for selection – thus forfeiting the points to their crosstown rivals (5-0). Photo: Strauss Lunyangwe New horizons... Nafpu and other sister unions affiliated to Tucna yesterday announced a new partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand, a collaboration that will place workers rights at the forefront. Nafpu, Wits partnership to focus on footballers’ well-being Otniel Hembapu Windhoek The Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) and other sister unions affiliated to the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) have joined forces with South Africa’s internationallyacclaimed University of the Witwatersrand in a partnership that will place special emphasis on the rights and well-being of Namibian workers. The partnership between Tucna and the University of the Witwatersrand (also known as Wits) will see the various members of the unions, including Nafpu, participate in a two-day workshop that will research and focus on the well-being of Namibian workers, especially those working in unorganised set-ups and denied basic representation. Wits’ Warren McGregor will be spearheading the workshop and sharing vital labour research tools and knowledge in the areas of workers’ representation, as well as making sure the existing relationship between Tucna and the university is strengthened. McGregor, who is highly specialized in the areas of economic sociology, economic history and labour relations, said their research will not only focus on workers in unorganised industries but will also provide a clear roadmap on how such workers can be uplifted, empowered and accorded a platform where their rights as workers will be protected. In a football context, Nafpu’s president Lolo Goraseb welcomed the new partnership and said they were ready to make sure that whatever fresh ideas, policies and strategies are discussed during the workshop also benefit local footballers, many of whom ply their trade on shoddy and vague contracts. Goraseb said it was important for the union to align itself properly and carry out its activities in collaboration with highly respected institutions that have the required human and technical capacity to assist and address the various issues affecting Namibian workers in all spheres.