Windhoek – Namibia is set to host the 8th African Tug of War Championships subject to approval from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).
Once approved, the championships will be held on July 16 and 17, 2021. Namibia was approached by the African Tug-of-War Forum to host the event in order to revive the sport in the country.
Francois Heyns, who is in charge of the organising committee, confirmed to The Southern Times Sport that a request had been lodged with the NSC.
“We have applied to the Sports Commission for permission to host the event. A meeting has been concluded with them we are just waiting for the official letter allowing us to invite more teams. From our side, we have prepared well and I will make an announcement soon,” he said.
The African Championships has two components: an African Open Club Championships where any club of any country can participate; and the African Championships itself, where the national teams of the respective countries participate.
The following categories will be participated in (in both the African Club Championships as well as the African International Championships): 640kg men, 520kg ladies, 580kg mix (4 men, 4 ladies), 720kg men and 560kg ladies.
The following countries have already expressed their intention to participate: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria and Lesotho National Defence Force. Botswana and Tanzania must still commit. Ghana has made its intentions of participating public.
The President of the Ghana Tug-of-War Association Emmanuel Williams said it is time the nation gains international exposure and experience after organising several competitions locally.
“I know Ghana can perform well because we have the men and women, as well as the skill and interest,” he said.
Tug-of-war on the continent is co-ordinated by the African Tug-of-War Forum, consisting of the presidents of the tug-of-war federations in the respective countries. In 2012, the first African Championships was instituted and hosted by South Africa. Since then, the Championships have rotated on an annual basis amongst member countries, mostly in the SADC region.
Currently, there are 73 countries in the World affiliated to the Tug-of-War International Federation (TWIF) – 13 of these countries are African countries.
The African Tug-of-War Forum has planned to conduct an officials’ and a coaches’ course just prior to the competition. A training camp for developing teams is also being planned.