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‘Youth players need more game time’

Youth footballers need to play as many matches as possible if they are to reach their full potential, is the opinion of two local coaches who have extensive experience working with young players. This weekend will see two youth tournaments taking place. The Namibian Newspaper Cup, which caters to Under-20 players, takes centre stage in Tsumeb while Swakopmund will be the venue where Namibia’s Under-17 national team will take on their counterparts from Ghana, South Africa and a German team from Westphalia. Read more about ‘Youth players need more game time’

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Mercedes to capitalise on rivals' woes

Dominant Mercedes will look to capitalise on fresh woes at Red Bull and Ferrari and hammer home their championship advantage with a fourth straight win at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
Three victories out of three, including one-two finishes in Malaysia and Bahrain, tell the story but the Silver Arrows also received boosts this week from two of their main rivals.
Ferrari were left reeling after team principal Stefano Domenicali quit following a torrid start to the season, including a poor showing 10 days ago in Bahrain.
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World Cup fact box

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CAS blasts Jamaica over sloppy anti-doping procedures

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) blasted Jamaican anti-doping officials on Tuesday for the mishandling of a drug test by sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown that led to a successful appeal of the three-time Olympic gold winner’s two-year ban.
In a scathing 58-page report explaining the decision to uphold Campbell-Brown's appeal, a CAS panel cited errors in the collection and handling of the sprinter's urine sample last year that could have resulted in its contamination, calling into question the entire Jamaican anti-doping operation.
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Ambunda to step up in weight division

Former WBO bantamweight world champion Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda is set to fight in a new weight division when he next takes to the ring on May 17 at Omuthiya.
This is according to a press statement released yesterday by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, which stated that the boxer will now fight as a junior featherweight (also known as super bantamweight).
“Ambunda has unfortunately outgrown the bantamweight division…,” said boxing trainer Nestor Tobias.
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Craven fifth in Tour du Maroc

Namibian professional cyclist Dan Craven has ended the Tour du Maroc in fifth place in the overall ranking and as a result is set to maintain his lead in the UCI Africa Ranking.
The ten-stage tour was won by French rider Julien Loubet with a two-second lead over Mouhssine Lahsaini from Morocco.
Craven finished four minutes and four seconds later in fifth position and was the second-best African rider.
Craven had a strong start into the tour and managed to form part of the deciding breakaways on the first days.
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Into Touch

We almost made it through. We came very close. With just a little bit of luck...
These three sentences to me describe so many of our sporting achievements, or rather lack thereof.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this after one of our national teams return from competing in foreign countries.
And quite frankly, it doesn’t matter which code it is.
I have heard it said in boxing, in football, in athletics and now again in rugby after the Under-20 team came close to reaching the final of the Junior Rugby World Trophy that is being staged in Hong Kong.
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Craven fifth in Tour du Maroc

Namibian professional cyclist Dan Craven has ended the Tour du Maroc in fifth place in the overall ranking and as a result is set to maintain his lead in the UCI Africa Ranking.
The ten-stage tour was won by French rider Julien Loubet with a two-second lead over Mouhssine Lahsaini from Morocco. Craven finished four minutes and four seconds later in fifth position and was the second-best African rider.
Craven had a strong start into the tour and managed to form part of the deciding breakaways on the first days.
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Four African countries qualify for Youth Olympic Games

Namibian recurve archer Xander Reddig, who has already qualified for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, will be joined by archers from Egypt, Libya and Benin later this year in China.
Reddig achieved the minimum qualification criteria for the Youth Olympic Games during the Independence Shoot last month, and again at the South African Championships.
With these results, he was able to claim his universality place and therefore book his place among the best youth archers the world has to offer.
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Amateur boxers urged to impress in South Africa

Local amateur boxers are ready to impress at the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) Zone Four elite boxing championships, which started yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa. Speaking at a media briefing prior to the team’s departure on Monday, local amateur boxing training coach Jacob Gariseb said the local boxers are hungry to go out there and win medals for their country. Gariseb said there are many talented young boxers all over the country, but they cannot make it to this regional amateur boxing event due to financial constraints. Read more about Amateur boxers urged to impress in South Africa

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