Ananias Shikongo

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From Rio2016 to Tokyo2020 – Perspectives for Paralympic Sports in Namibia

Last November the team of Run4Rio came together for two Strategic Planning workshops on “From Run4Rio to Road2Tokyo – objectives, opportunities and requirements”, hence the way forward for the campaign. The workshop was held on 17/18 November in Windhoek – Namibia and included the Run4Rio team, representatives of the Namibia Paralympic Sport and selected associates and resource persons. The objectives were to learn the lessons from the Run4Rio campaign and to build the foundation for the Road2Tokyo.

We would love to thank Ulfried Schwacke and Doufi Namalambo for their great support in the workshops. As moderators they managed to keep us on track, while structuring the information and capture the focus points. We are also thankful for the commitment and efforts of all the team members in the Run4Rio campaign and the workshops. We are looking forward to an exciting journey towards Tokyo 2020!

The establishment of the foundation is making progress with small steps. Hopefully we can create a better sports environment for Namibian athletes with a handicap in the future. But there is need for support. Ananias and Johannes are still living in their shack, waiting for better times. Please read the executive summary below and the blog Sport Development in Namibia of Elisa about her experiences around our project. We invite you to join us!

Elisa Ostet & Paul Gschwender



Executive Summary

The Run4Rio campaign was initiated by Ananias Shikongo and come into being at a critical point of the preparation phase for Rio 2016. Although limited in resources, expertise etc it provided critical support when hardly any other support was available. As such it might have a had an extraordinary impact on the athlete’s’ and team’s performance and achievements in Rio. To a little extend, the team applauds itself.

With this background the extended team felt to explore a rationale and a concept to enhance the Run4Rio to a Rio2Tokyo program with the aim to further the teams and the athletes abilities and performances towards the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020. With this objective a two day workshop has been held with participation from the Run4Rio team, members of NPC Namibia and professional moderation support.

Resulting from an open brainstorming on ideas, expectations and aspirations a number of organisational concepts and a list of action packages have been developed. The first outline the complementary positioning and synergetic operations of the Rio2Tokyo program, the Foundation to be established and the NPCN. The latter remained focused on personal support and sector support dimensions. The first include personal performance improvement, talent identification and recruitment, long term career path identification and professional training needs. The latter prioritized areas such as institutional capacity building, outreach and marketing campaigns, budget requirements and funding mobilisation.

The action packages were translated into a six months operational plan with defined responsibilities and timelines. It includes the establishment of the foundation and the start of the Rio2Tokyo program. The action plan starts on 27th November with first deliverable and ends with the scheduled launch of the Foundation scheduled for end of first quarter 2017.  Our goal is to create a supportive environment that enables Namibian athletes to enter professional sports and compete at the highest international stages like the Paralympic games of Tokyo 2020.

Call for partners

The demanding programme will appreciate third party support which enhances its aims and objectives. We would like to invite you to join us on our road from Rio2Tokyo! For more information please contact us!

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