Rundu sports tourney postponed

A preseason sport tournament at Rundu has been postponed to late May because of the coronavirus emergency.

25 March 2020 | Sports

The long-anticipated annual Florinu Guesthouse sports tournament at Rundu, which had been scheduled for the Independence Day weekend, was postponed to the end of May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual tournament is the biggest sports event in the Kavango East Region, where teams participate in football, netball and volleyball matches.

Under the Covid-19 state of emergency gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, which means that sport events have had to be cancelled since they draw hundreds of people to stadiums.

In an interview with Ewi lyaNooli, the chairman of the tournament's organising committee, Kenya Shaningwa, said the tournament is now tentatively scheduled for 20 – 25 May, provided that the state of emergency has been lifted by 14 April as expected.

He added that the teams which had registered for the tournament were all consulted and they understood why the event had to be postponed.

“The tournament is moved to 20 – 25 May because of the coronavirus. The players' and fans' health is a priority during this time when we are faced with the virus. The teams that registered were all informed and they understood. We just hope that the situation normalises and we can host the tournament which many look forward to,” Shaningwa said.



Eagerly anticipated

He explained that the tournament serves as a pre-season warm-up for teams playing in the various sports leagues.

Shaningwa said teams from as far as Windhoek, Tsumeb and Grootfontein usually travel to Rundu to participate in the tournament in the hope of winning attractive cash prizes.

A total of N$60 000 is divided amongst the winners of the various sports codes. The winning football team receives N$40 000, while the netball and volleyball winners each receive N$10 000.

Shaningwa said an additional N$20 000 is invested in the tournament to cover the administrative costs. “This tournament is not just to keep teams busy but it serves as pre-season event for many teams where they can test their preparedness for the leagues depending on the sport code. As it's an open tournament, we expect teams from all over the country to participate,” he said. With the tournament postponed, Shaningwa said that teams are still welcome to register.

Shaningwa can be contacted on 081 688 4181.





KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

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