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Donated gear from RMB to aid developmental riders reach their full potential

Donated gear from RMB to aid developmental riders reach their full potential

The RMB Elite Cycling team this week received sponsored cycling gear as part of an overall sponsorship of N$230,000.

RMB Namibia has been part of the after-school project Physically Active Youth, which promotes sport and specifically cycling and promising cyclists have been supported over the years and groomed into the RMB Elite Cycling team participating in all the great events around the country.

RMB CEO, Philip Chapman said that the company was impressed by the enthusiasm, drive, and commitment of the young cyclists.

“This type of dedication deserves our support, and we are glad to back these young Namibians who show such promise in their cycling careers. As with the national economy, RMB is committed to contribute towards the development of sport in our country.”

Chapman also thanked Cymot Namibia as one of the value-add partners, providing professional cycling gear at very generous prices.

“This sponsorship means that I can give back to cycling by helping some of our developmental riders reach their full potential. Cycling is an expensive sport and without the help of generous contributions and sponsorships this will not be possible. The Tour de Windhoek and The Desert Dash are the two main competitions still on for this year. I am hoping that our riders can show their readiness and that their dedication throughout the year will show in their results. I would like to thank RMB for this sponsorship. It is not easy for riders with little to no financial background to make their mark in the sport of cycling, but with the help of this sponsorship the riders can put their dreams into reality,” Coach, Hella Rust said.

RMB Elite cyclist, Tuhafeni Hamundjebo added that 2020 had been a rough year with Covid-19 shaking everything up. “But for the remaining part of the season I am looking forward to the Desert Dash. My partner, Maruen and my goal is to do a sub 17 hours for the Dash in the two men category. A top 10 finish will be a bonus for us.”

Melki Hamukoto, another member of the RMB Elite cycling team, was afforded an opportunity in 2020 to got to South Africa where he spent some time on intense training and racing before the Covid-19 lockdown. “I would like to thank the RMB management and our coach for seeing and making sure the sponsorship is a “Go”. We appreciate your support and belief in us.”

RMB Elite cyclist Vianney Links added: “Cycling in general is an expensive sport and a helping hand from RMB means a lot. I almost lost hope in what I really want to achieve in my cycling career but RMB made it all possible and for that I will forever be grateful.”




 Cyclists from left to right are Melki, Vianney, Maruen and Tuafeni with the RMB team – Rehabeam Auala and Philip Chapman.

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The Economist does not have a dedicated sport reporter. This designation is used for several contributors who want their sport stories in the Economist. Experience has taught us that companies usually want their sport sponsorships published prominently, being the reason for a sports category. It now also carries general sport items but only those with direct Namibian relevance. - Ed.