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In spite of growing fears surrounding the potential spread of the coronavirus at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan’s ambassador to Namibia, Hideaki Harada assured Namibian Olympians and Paralympians that the government of Japan and its Olympic committee are determined to host a “safe and secure” 2020 Olympics in that country. In spite of ongoing health threats from the widespread Covid-19 pandemic, the junior tennis tournament held at the coast over the weekend was a huge success, said Santie van der Walt of the national junior tennis committee. One of Namibia’s decorated athletes and former shottist Gaby Ahrens said it would be beneficial for Africa as a whole if she is elected to serve as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The second edition of the MTC Winter Cup will take place this Saturday in Rehoboth. Namibia’s sprint sensations Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi on Monday took their dominant display to the European athletics circuit, where they won gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the Josef Odlozil Memorial in Prague, Czech Republic. Heading into his first-ever professional fight beyond African borders, Namibia’s African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion Nathaniel ‘Natty’ Kakololo says nothing will stop him from becoming the new WBO featherweight inter-continental champion. The crème de la crème of Namibia’s race horses will converge at the town of Rehoboth tomorrow to battle it out for top honours in the MTC Winter Cup. The second edition of the MTC Winter Cup, which was held at the town of Rehoboth over the weekend, attracted close to 100 racehorses from across the country and saw the crop of local breeds putting up a thrilling show. After hosting a successful second edition of the MTC Winter Cup Saturday in Rehoboth, president of the Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA), Marthinus de Waal says they are now looking forward to hosting another race in November this year. Following remarkable individual performances at the Josef Odlozil Memorial recently in Prague, the Czech Republic, two of Namibia’s foremost sprinters Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi will be back in action onSaturday. Five Namibian karatekas who contested at an Olympic qualifying event in Paris this past weekend, all failed to book their spots at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Pondo Nailenge, the acting president of the Namibia Wheelchair Basketball Federation, says they have setthemselves big plans of sending representatives to next year’s Commonwealth Games, In spite of missing out on an opportunity to win the WBO inter-continental featherweight title against Ukraine’s Oleg Malinovskyi during their mega showdown early last month, Namibia’s featherweight boxer Nathanael ‘Natty’ Kakololo remains focused on the future. Henk Botha, one of Namibia’s veteran athletics coaches and mentor to two of the country’s foremost sprinting aces Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma, says the overall performance of the two runners can only get better and bigger ahead of this month’s Olympic Games in Japan. With less than 21 days left before the much-anticipated Tokyo Olympic Games take centre stage in Japan, Namibian rower Maike Diekmann says she is ready to represent the country to the fullest. Brave Warriors’ head coach Bobby Samaria yesterday named the final 25 players who will represent Namibia at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations' (COSAFA) Cup set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from 6 to 18 July. In spite of their worst possible start in the Africa Gold Cup against Ivory Coast on Saturday, local rugby pundits believe Namibia can come back strong on Wednesday when they take on Madagascar in Abidjan. Brave Warriors head coach Bobby Samaria yesterday admitted that facing one of Africa’s top-ranked countries, Senegal, for their Cosafa Cup opening match on Thursday will not be an easy task, but maintained they have a solid plan in place to topple the continental giants. After competing in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, veteran long-distance runner Helalia Johannes says the 2020 Olympic Games will be her last Olympics’ participation. The battle line has been drawn – and today, Namibia’s senior rugby team, the Welwitschias, take on Madagascar in a make or break 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifier encounter in Abidjan.