“When we participate in events, the people in the country are sometimes surprised to see an athlete wearing Namibian colours; it’s because they were not made aware of who these people are,” Xoagub explained.
Xoagub disclosed that during these public appearances the attire the country’s Olympic teams will use at the Rio Games will also be unveiled.
“We are going to embark on an exhibition of all athletes who qualified for the Olympics, and at the same time we will unveil the attire that the Namibian team will be wearing at the games,” he said.
According to the Namibian Sun, the campaign which will involve 24 athletes from able-bodied and disability team will make public appearances at which they will be allowed to interact and have photo sessions with the members of the public.
The campaign will start on 30th April with Wernhil Park parking area in the capital Windhoek holding the first session that will later be rolled out across the country.
“At our exhibition days athletes will be allowed to take pictures with the public. It’s important for Namibians to come and meet these athletes,” he said.
He explained that the country athletes will be at the games not as mere participants but competitors and they have set their sights on clinching gold medal which has eluded the country’s able-bodied athletes for years since it started participating in the games.
As for the Para-Olympic athletes who at least have clinched a gold medal before the expectation from the nation will be that they will garner more medals this time around.
“We are going to this year’s games with the aim of competing not participating because we want to finally win that gold we have not won before in the able-bodied categories.
“As for para-athletes, they have already won gold and we are expecting to see more medals from them this year, the country,” Xoagub explained.
Namibian Sports Ministry has allocated N$2.8 million in the preparations budget for Rio Games which will be used for accommodation, allowances and flight tickets.
Media reports from Namibia indicate that 10 athletes who have qualified for the Rio games in the able- bodied team have each been given N$250,000 to prepare for games.
Rio Olympic and Para-Olympic Games will take place in August and September this year.