Basketball back after hiatus
By Tracy Tafirenyika
BASKETBALL is now back after a long hiatus inflicted by the prolonged state of emergency which resulted in the banning of contact sports to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The much-anticipated return saw 10 teams participating in the Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) 3X3 basketball tournament over the weekend.
The event hosted at David Bezuidenhout High School attracted eight teams of both girls and boys, competing for prize money. The winners in the male division were given N$2 000 cash for first team and the second team got N$1 000. In the girls’ teams, the first team received N$500.
In an interview with Confidente, the hosting school’s coach Jacque Louw explained that the tournament managed to gather everyone since Covid-19 and it was the school’s first basketball event.
“This was the first-ever 3×3 tournament hosted at our school. This event saw young and old coming together celebrating their first tournament since Covid started. We had both female and male teams who participated. This was only made possible by the school principal who allowed us to host the tournament,” said Louw.
Match commissioner at the event Wayne Muwaningwa bemoaned the long break.
“Players all around Namibia have been wanting to play, for them now to finally get a chance to play the game that they love competitively since Covid started means a lot to them. The sheer will and determination displayed during the matches indicated how Covid has affected our daily lives as athletes.
“Sport is more than just a game and we collectively appreciate the volume of participation and commitment that the players have displayed in the court. With younger teams proceeding to the finals there is great hope for the future of basketball in Namibia,” he said.
The organiser of the event Peter Parker, though happy to see players doing what they love best was not impressed by the poor turnout.
“We expected more people, but it was short notice and a lot of people did not show up especially the ladies teams. A lot of players are not fit especially the best players so it was very tough and most of them have gained too much weight for them to make it in first or second place. We wish for a Good Samaritan to sponsor us in the next tournament which we are planning to hold in two weeks,” he said.