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After opening up about his life story and passionately narrating how he got into the sport of hockey during last week’s Throwback Tuesday, national women’s senior hockey team head coach and veteran administrator Erwin Handura, in this final part of our conversation, talks about the current state of hockey and what needs to be done to take the game forward. Brave Gladiators poster girl Zenatha Coleman has extended her contract with Spanish Primera División giants Sevilla Football Club (FC) for another two years. Rower Maike Diekmann will today officially get Namibia’s campaign underway at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when rowers hit the waters in the women’s single sculls heats. Team Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics campaign kicked off on a lukewarm note over the weekend, with rower Maike Diekmann surviving a late scare to reach the singles sculls semi-finals, while road cyclists Vera Looser and Tristan de Lange both failed to finish their respective races. Namibian mountain biker Alex Miller yesterday started off strongly in the men’s cross-country race and at one point seemed well on course to catch up with the leading pack, but his adrenalised performance, unfortunately, proved insufficient to earn Team Namibia their first medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Namibian cyclist Vera Looser (née Adrian) has blamed a surge of unbearable heat and a tricky racing course as some of the factors that derailed her performance in the women’s road race at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics last Sunday. Team Namibia’s hopes of winning a medal in either the road race or maintain bike events were completely dashed yesterday when mountain biker Michelle Vorster finished 36th overall out of 38 riders who competed in the women’s cross-country race of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Namibian goalkeeper Edward Maova has joined South African GladAfrica Championship club TS Sporting FC from local side Civics, online football site Idiskitimes.co.za has reported. Namibian rower Maike Diekmann yesterday again delivered another outstanding performance in the women’s single sculls C/D semifinals at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, finishing third to secure her place in the C final set for today. Twenty-five years ago, sprint sensation Christine Mboma was not even born when Namibia’s legendary sprint ace Frank Fredericks won the country’s last Olympic medals in 1996. At age 23 and making his first-ever appearance at the Olympic Games, Namibia’s marathon swimmer Phillip Seidler is gunning to rewrite history books by becoming the first bather to win a medal for the country in the swimming discipline. Jamaica’s seven-time Olympic gold medallist and nine-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has leapt to the defence of Namibia’s sprint aces Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, saying the teens should be left in peace to busk in the glory of Tokyo Olympics success. The Namibia Premier League (NPL), soon to be officially certified by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) as the sole entity to promote, administer, control, govern and regulate all forms of professional football in the country, yesterday provided a detailed action plan on how it intends to transform the ailing fortunes of local football. It took Namibia 25 years an unusual Olympic Games, hosted in one of humankind’s most challenging times and under very arduous conditions, to win her first medal at the Olympics since 1996 – all thanks to the gallantry of 18-year-old Christine Mboma. Henk Botha, the veteran gaffer of Namibia’s sprint aces Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, refused to mince words when he recently described World Athletics’ ambiguous rules for athletes with Differences of Sexual Development (DSD), saying the rules were designed to target and humiliate African athletes. Hundreds of Namibians from all walks of life thronged the Hosea Kutako International Airport to accord the country’s Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma and fellow women’s 200m finalist Beatrice Masilingi as well as their coach Henk Botha a heroes’ welcome, following Team Namibia’s return from the Tokyo Olympics. This week the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) officially recognised the Namibia Premier League (NPL) as a sports body responsible for promoting and regulating all forms of professional football in the country. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Football House in Katutura has become a battle ground for the survival of the fittest, with the association’s president Ranga Haikali fighting to regain control of the beleaguered federation while the FA’s secretary general Franco Cosmos is punching back to save his job. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) resolved at its executive committee meeting held over the weekend in the capital that Bobby Samaria will stay on as acting head coach of the Brave Warriors until a substantive gaffer for the national team is appointed. Cyclist Tristan de Lange, Paralympian Johannes Nambala and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma are the biggest recipients from the sports ministry’s Sport Reward Policy (SRP), which recognises and rewards local athletes for scooping accolades continentally and internationally.