Tjongarero urges support for sports codes

By Michael Uugwanga

MINISTER of Sport, Youth, and National Service Agnes Tjongarero says for sport to thrive in the country, it needs the continued support of the masses, regardless of which sport code it is.

Tjongarero made the remarks last Tuesday when she formally launched the 19th edition of the annual Nedbank Desert Dash in Windhoek.

The 397-kilometre Nedbank Desert Dash (from Windhoek-Swakopmund) will see local and international cyclists fight for top honours in both male and female categories.

The competition, the world’s longest single-staged mountain bike race, will take place on December 8-9, with competitors cycling from Grove Mall Windhoek to Swakopmund Platz Am Meer Mall over the Khomas-Hochland Mountains in 24 hours.

More than 1000 cyclists have registered for this year’s race, with 160 cycling in two-person teams, 624 in four-person teams, and 190 going solo.

Nedbank is the primary sponsor, with Indongo Automotive Group, Hollard, Super Spar, TEK, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Namibia also participating.

The Nedbank Desert Dash is a major cycling event in Namibia, as are the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power Race Series, the Nedbank Rock n Rut XC Series, and the Nedbank Cycle Challenge.


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