Inline hockey to be decentralised

• By Michael Uugwanga

THE junior women inline Hockey championships success in Buenos Aires, Argentina, could open up doors for the sport to be implemented in all four corners of the country, says Association spokesperson (NIIHA), Martie Bajorat in an  exclusive interview with Confidente this week.

The country’s women junior team won gold the past Sunday at the World Inline Hockey Championships after they defeated powerhouse USA 9-1 in the final, which also gave Africa its first gold medal in the history of the competition.

Inline hockey is currently only played at the coast, Windhoek and Otjiwarongo, with Coastal Pirates in Swakopmund, Badgers, PGKA and Kamikaze all from Windhoek, while Scorpions are from Otjiwarongo.

“We are busy with development in other regions, small steps at a time. We first have to show everyone what inline hockey is and how much fun it can be. We have five clubs so far and we would like to add more regions to cater for the whole country. At the moment all costs are covered by a few very passionate parents and players. Media exposure is very important to us in introducing the sport to so many people,” Bajorat.

Bajorat also touched on the junior team’s success, saying winning the World Championships wwas not by luck but through hard-work from the technical team, players and the association.

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