Fredericks to Lecture on Drugs in Sport

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WINDHOEK Namibia’s former sprint ace Frank Fredericks will present a lecture on prohibited substances at the forthcoming Africa Senior Track and Field Championship billed for Mauritius from 5 to 9 August. Fredericks, who is departing on Friday, said as IAAF Ambassador he would lecture the competitors on substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Being a member of the African Athletic Council, the renowned athlete will also attend a council meeting scheduled before the kick-off of the championship. Said Fredericks: ” While I am there, I will visit the SOS Kinder Villages.” The former 100-meters sensation, said that his visit to the SOS Kinder Villages is in agreement with a Mauritius banking institution. While in Mauritius, the highly regarded athlete will also serve on the Jury of Appeal, where athletes can take-up issues if not happy with any decision taken. Namibia will showcase four athletes at the continental event in the likes of 800- meters queen Agnes Samaria, Benedictus Botha (100-meter), Tuaire Salamo Tuahuku (long-jump) and Stephan Louw (long-jump) Earlier last week, Athletics Namibia (AN) president Alpha Kangueegi expressed optimism with the Namibian delegation in terms of high performance. Meanwhile, the Frank Fredericks Foundation on Tuesday dished out scholarships to 13 upcoming athletes for 2007. A total of N$32 000 was made possible by the Foundation and its official sponsor Namibia Beverages through its Coca-Cola brand. Speaking to Nampa at the handing-over ceremony, sport consultant Quinton-Steele Botes said that the 13 athletes were identified from various track and field meetings such as the 2006 Coca-Cola Top Ten, National School Championships, Coca-Cola Frank Fredericks Invitational, Khomas Regional Championships and the recent Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games. Botes said that apart from the N$10 000 forked out by Coca-Cola the Foundation added N$2 000 to the sponsorship. One of the recipients, Horatius Abrahams, who received a scholarship of N$5 000 expressed his gratitude to the foundation noting his hard work had earned him the scholarship. The 19-year-old Abrahams, who specializes in the 400 meters and 400 meters hurdles, said that awarding scholarships to athletes shows that athletics does indeed have a future. One hundred meter and 200m sprinter, Merilyn Diamond, who was absent at the handing-over ceremony, received N$3 500, while a sponsorship of N$3 000 went each to Herunga Tjitekepero (400m), Tiaan Maritz (110m hurdles) and Regan Ngoshi (100m, 200m) Another sprinter Keshia Kalomo who specializes in the 100 meters got N$2 000 with fellow athletes Leroy Bock (400m hurdles), Globine Mayova (100m), Andre Nel (100m) and Martha Shivolo (3000m) each receiving the same amount. Also benefiting from the scholarship were Edward Kauavivi (800m), Salti Eshitile (800m) and Lisa Viljoen (100m hurdles), who each received N$1 500, respectively.