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In order to fully deliver on all fronts of sports development and build state-of-the-art facilities across the country, the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service – on behalf of the Namibian government – will need the unwavering assistance of local and international partners. Namibian box-to-box midfielder Wangu Batista Gome has found a new home at Armenian Premier League side FC Alashkert, following his short stint at South African second-tier club Cape Umoya United. President of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Abner Xoagub, yesterday maintained that the country’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will continue as planned, despite the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Namibia Football Association (NFA) president-elect, Ranga Haikali, yesterday moved swiftly to distance himself from growing accusations linking him to a group of Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs planning to move a motion of no confidence in reigning NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta. The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) yesterday announced the Brazilian Eighth Criminal Chamber of the Court of Justice this week acquitted Namibian amateur boxer Jonas Junias Jonas of sexual assault charges. Namibia’s undefeated featherweight boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas yesterday jetted off to New York, US, for his highly-anticipated10-round featherweight mega-fight against America’s Jessie Magdaleno this coming weekend at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 132,000 people globally and spread to at least 120 countries worldwide, has also severely crippled sporting events in Namibia. The pandemic is officially known as Covid-19. The Court of arbitration for Sport (Cas) has given the Namibia Football Association (NFA) until Thursday this week to provide or submit audio recordings, transcribed record, minutes and all relevant documents pertaining to the vetting process of this year’s NFA elective congress. After President Hage Geingob announced on Saturday that government has banned all mass gatherings for 30 days, clamped down on inbound and outbound travels to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany for a period of 30 days as well as cancelling Namibia’s 30th independence celebrations scheduled for 21 March, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday strongly followed up on that decree. Speaking to New Era Sport from her base in coronavirus-hit Spain, Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman yesterday narrated how the virus has wreck havoc in that country’s football leagues and almost all public systems, sending thousands into total lockdown in fear of further infections. As Namibia readies herself to celebrate 30 years of democracy, peace and political stability, New Era gives you, our esteemed reader, a thorough look at how far Namibian sport has evolved over the past 30 years. We especially focus on the country’s many achievements at continental and global levels, while also looking at the various shortcomings in the local sporting sector. Local sports commentators and experts yesterday expressed mixed reactions on the appointment of Agnes Tjongarero as Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, who now replaces outgoing Erastus Uutoni. Chairperson of the outgoing Fifa-installed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Hilda Basson-Namundjebo yesterday spoke at length with New Era Sport about her tenure as interim head of NFA and how she impacted change at the local football federation. For the first time ever since his release from prison in 2009, Namibia’s boxing legend and two-time world champion, Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon, has publicly opened up about his trials and tribulations as a boxer and how prison impacted his outlook on life. Namibia’s legendary sprinter Frank Fredericks, along with a horde of other global sport icons, have taken the lead role in motivating, educating and cheering athletes on during this dark period of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has sent thousands of athletes into self-isolation the world over. South African rugby giants Cheetahs, who campaign in the highly-competitive Pro14 Championship comprising of professional clubs from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, has extended the contract of Namibian international prop Aranos Coetzee until 2022. "Helalia ""Evergreen"" Johannes" To take Namibian sports to the desired heights, teamwork and unwavering dedication from all stakeholders will be needed throughout every step of the way, newly-appointed Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero asserted. South African boxing great and renowned trainer, Brian Mitchell, in a recent interview with Africa’s leading sport broadcaster Supersport, said Namibia’s legendary boxer Harry Simon remains one of the greatest boxers he has ever trained. As the deadly Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage world economies and industries with its sharp invisible claws, Namibia’s leading para-athlete Johannes Nambala is calling upon all local athletes affected by the widespread coronavirus to register and make prudent use of government’s Emergency Income Grant.