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Namibia’s Paralympic team all in Rio despite funding issues

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Namibian powerlifter Ruben Soroseb in Rio. Image credit: Laura Hale

Despite last minute funding issues that resulted in the promised funds allowing countries to compete in Rio falling through or being severely reduced and paid after the Games, the Namibian delegation has managed to arrive in Rio with everyone able to compete including powerlifter Ruben Soroseb.


The challenges for Namibians to compete at the Paralympics involve more than just funding.  For powerlifters, there is also often an issue of qualified coaching and facility access. Most adaptive lifters do not have access to coaches who understand how to coach some one with a disability.  Lifters in Namibia end up compensating for this by going online, checking out YouTube for videos and reading any information they can find on how to improve their lift style, the rules, and how to improve their performance.   When they can manage to get overseas to compete, the lack of adequate coaching can make it difficult for Namibian lifters to perform well against better trained competition.

The Namibian delegation in Rio is 13 sportspeople strong.  They are competing in powerlifting, athletics and swimming.  Other members of the team include Johannes Nambala, Ananias Shikongo, Johanna Benson, Lahja Ishitile, Martin Aloysius, Elias Ndimulunde and Gideon Nasilowski.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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