Athletics Namibia (AN) has released the names of three athletes and officials who will be representing Namibia at this year’s World Athletics Championships set to be held in Budapest, Hungary from 19 to 27 August 2023.
The World Athletics Championships is a biennial athletics competition organised by World Athletics. Alongside the Olympic Games, it represents the highest level championships of senior international outdoor athletics competition for track and field athletics globally, including marathon running and race walking.
At this year’s championships, Team Namibia will be represented by two marathon runners and a track and field athlete. National long jump record holder Chenoult Lionel Coetzee will represent the country at this year’s track and field events, while in the marathon category 2019 World Athletics Championships bronze medalist Helalia Johannes will once again be competing with the world's best.
Rainhold Tomas who finished in 17th place in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in the United Arab Emirates will once again return to challenge for silverware.
The team is scheduled to depart for Budapest on 14 August 2023 and will be accompanied by Belinda Oberholster as the team leader, while Paulus Ndangi Iiyambo is team coach.
The 19th edition of the World Athletics Championships will also see AN President Erwin Naimwhaka accompanying the team as an invited delegate to the elective congress.
World Athletics will host its 54th World Athletics Congress on 17 August 2023 to elect its president, the four vice presidents and 13 individual council members.
The role of the council is to govern the sport of athletics. It is responsible for all decisions related to the sport of athletics, as well as for the conduct and management of the sport and its disciplines.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency