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With Namibia’s resounding success at the recent Tokyo Olympics now a well-documented feat and one for the history books, the country’s attention will today turn to the Paralympic Games, which kicks off with the opening ceremony. Many ask what the perfect ingredients are for heroism. Well, heroism is in the eye of the beholder and there is no specific recipe for it. However, sport has over the years taught us that heroes come in all shapes, sizes and can be found everywhere and anywhere. eam Namibia will also be in action tomorrow when Namibia’s 2016 Rio Paralympics triple medallist Ananias Shikongo lines up for the men’s T11 400m heats before returning to the tracks on Wednesday in the T11 100m heats. Brave Warriors gaffer Bobby Samaria is excited about the arrival of national team top guns Peter Shalulile and Deon Hotto to the camp over the weekend, as well as Virgil Vries, who reported for duty yesterday. Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma and fellow finalist Beatrice Masilingi will this Friday be in action at the 2021 Brussels Diamond League in Belgium, seeking to continue their ripening rise on the international athletics circuit. Disappointment, pity, simply unfortunate and regretful are some of the words Paralympics coach Michael Hamukwaya could find to describe the disqualification of sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju during yesterday’s men’s T11 100m final at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Netball Namibia (NN) vice president Rebekka /Goagoses expressed great excitement with the return of local netball activities over the weekend, saying although players showed some signs of rustiness due to prolonged inactivity, the return of the MTC Netball Premiership was not short of action. Namibian speedster and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma says her unmatched performance at the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday was the tip of the iceberg of what the world should expect to see going forward. Standard Bank Namibia yesterday unveiled a whopping sponsorship of N$500 000, geared towards the development of youth hockey. From winning Namibia’s first Olympic medal in 25 years at this year’s Tokyo Games, to being crowned 200m champion in her maiden appearance at the recent World U/20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya – sprint wunderkind Christine Mboma today has another golden opportunity to further rewrite history books. Lukas Sinimbo Muha, the chairperson of the country’s National Council, has globalised the fight against the ban of sprinters Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi from competing in events from 400m up to a mile by World Athletics. Namibian towering flanker Max Katjijeko has sealed a deal with Spanish Rugby Premier Division side Ordizia Rugby Elkartea, which sees the 26-year-old becoming the club’s third latest addition. Slowly but surely putting to shame critics of her so-called elevated natural testosterone levels with a string of thunderous performances, Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics silver medallist and 2021 Diamond League 200m reigning champion Christine Mboma will tomorrow again have all eyes fixed on her. For the first time since their unceremonious ban from partaking in the 400m event by World Athletics due to their so-called elevated natural testosterone levels, Namibia’s sprint queens Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi yesterday opened up about the sensitive topic and shared their experience. Director of the 2021 Namibia Annual Sports Expo (NASE) Tjeripo Musutua is adamant that going full-scale digital with this year’s expo will mark a huge turning point for the local sporting fraternity, as it will accord all stakeholders an equal opportunity to connect with the international community. In its latest global rankings, World Athletics has ranked Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma as the number one athlete in the 200m event, finishing well ahead of Olympics double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica. World football governing body Fifa on Tuesday cracked the whip on members of the besieged Namibia Football Association (NFA) executive committee, reaffirming its support towards the presidency of Ranga Haikali. The local horseracing fraternity is reeling in shock, following the untimely demise of Leeuloop – one of the country’s top and highly-decorated Nambred racehorses. Zambian Super Division-outfit Kansanshi Dynamos have succumbed to the demands of Namibian striker Mapenzi Muwanei, who is demanding a payout fee of more than 50 000 Zambian kwacha (ZK), which is approximately N$46 000. Namibian rugby veteran and former Welwitschias’ captain Renaldo Bothma is marvelling at the opportunity of playing top tier rugby again, this after his recent move to Israeli club Tel Aviv Heat, which campaigns in the European Super Cup.