Swakop hosts artistic gymnastics

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Annines Angula

Windhoek – Gymnastics Federation of Namibia is hosting the 14th African Championships for women and men artistic gymnastics at The Dome in Swakopmund.

Athletes from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Angola, South Africa and hosts, Namibia, are taking part in the event at the resort town’s multifunctional sports complex that kicked off on Sunday, May 6, and end on Saturday, May 12.

All officials judging at the championships are also accredited with the world-governing body - International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), giving it an international flair.

The coveted continental crowns will be contested among Africa’s best junior and senior gymnasts in both team and individual competitions.

The event, run under the auspices of FIG and the African Union of Gymnastics, serves as the official African qualification tournament for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina later this year.

The Gymnastics Federation of Namibia spokesperson, Britt Adonis, expressed gratitude for the privilege to organise and host the event.

“The Namibian federation is very fortunate to have the world-class facilities of The Dome Swakopmund at its disposal for this event. All competitions will take place at these facilities and it is sure to be an exhilarating event,” Adonis said.

Dave Hammond, Marketing Manager of The Dome, expected the event to “be a great tournament not only for Namibia but the entire African continent”.

Namibia received a generous sponsorship from a Chinese company, Tiashan, ahead of the tournament. The gymnastics manufacturer is providing two full sets of FIG-approved equipment, without which the event would not have been possible. 

Other sponsors and stakeholders include The Dome Swakopmund, Paratus Telecom and Namibian Breweries.

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