Olympic committee to honour legends

Drikus Coetzee: Namibian triathlete, Drikus Coetzee, will receive a scholarship from Olympic Solidarity. Here he is pictured during last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) will host a women and sport’s event on 27 June at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek. The event, which is anticipated to become an annual occasion, is aimed at honouring women who have made big strides in the sport world and has since retired.
The first woman who will be honoured for her contributions is Malie Snyman, a former netball player and executive board member of the All Namibia Netball Association at Independence. She was extremely committed as treasurer and true to her calling as volunteer. The 76-year old pensioner who survived a heart attack and is a cancer survivor is still active in supporting Netball to this day.

The proceeds of the event will support the social responsibility course of the NNOC and will therefore be shared between a charity of Malie Snyman’s choice and her medical expenses.
Hon. Agnes Tjongarero, Debuty Minister of Sport, will be the guest of honour while South African singer Juanita du Plessis will be the guest artist.
In other Olympic committee related news, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through its Olympic Solidarity program, has granted four Namibian athletes scholarships in their quest to qualify for the Summer Olympics next year in Brazil’s metropolis Rio de Janeiro.
As confirmed by the Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Drikus Coetzee (Triathlon), Angula Shikongo and Jason Afrikaner (both Wrestling) and Fred-Charles Pieterse (Athletics) will benefit from the programme.