Windhoek – The heroic displays by Namibian teenage sprint sensations Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi have earned the pair sponsorship deals with sportswear giants Nike and Adidas respectively.
Their coach, Hank Botha, this week confirmed the Namibian duo had inked deals with the global sports brands, which will see them donning their apparel on and off the track.
On Mboma’s deal he said, “Yes I can confirm that she has signed with Nike since June. I am not sure of the ins and outs of the contract due to the confidential reasons, that’s for Christine and Nike only to know. I really think there is no need for people to know about the finer details of the deal.”
It has been quite a year for Mboma and Masilingi.
They were barred from participating in their preferred 400m race at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games due to differences in sexual development that World Athletics says gives them an unfair advantage over that distance.
However, they took it in stride and dropped down to the 200m, a race in which Mboma grabbed a silver medal. Mboma thereafter set a new Under-20 world record over the distance in a time that is also the fastest ever by an African woman of any age.
Mboma and Masiingi are expected to headline this year’s 18th edition of the MTC Namibia Sports Awards set for October 30 in Windhoek.