WINDHOEK, Namibia—The nominees for the 2021 Namibia Sports Awards were announced on Monday by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC). The awards are given annually to outstanding athletes in recognition of their achievements throughout the year.
Teen turbos Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi are competing for at least three prizes at the upcoming Namibia Sports Awards.
The awards reception, to recognize the countries most outstanding sports personalities, will be staged in Windhoek on 30th October.
The 18-year old globetrotting revelations are shortlisted for the sports star and sportswoman prizes alongside veteran long-distance runner Helalia Johnnes (41), which claimed the marathon bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships.
Mboma and Masilingi will also vie for the junior sportswoman award. After an explosive breakthrough year, in which she claimed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic silver medal, 2020 World Athletics under 20 gold, and 2020 Diamond League crown in world record-breaking fashion, Mboma is arguably favorite for all three prizes.
And given her popularity, the 200m sprint sensation could end up with the public vote prize as well.
Fellow youngster Delano Muller is the only sportsperson guaranteed a prize after the kickboxer was named the sole nominee for the community inspiration award for his dedication to helping the less privileged.
Mulkler is also a junior sportsman of the year candidate, withy Magano Naseeb and Ruano de Cuvallo his rivals.
Mboma and Masilingi’s much-loved mentor Henk Botha is up against Grant Dodds and Letu Hamhola for the top coaching award.
Another notable battle is between Olympic rower Maike Diekamann and Mamelodi Sundowns hitman Peter Shalulie in the professional shining star in the diaspora category.
Judging panel head Lesley Tjiueza said they received 68 entries overall. However, some federations failed to put forth nominees despite outstanding results during the period under review.