Namibia to host Africa Cup inline hockey tournament

Namibia to host Africa Cup inline hockey tournament

SWAKOPMUND, Namibia, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — After a two-year lull, over 40 international players will travel to Namibia for the fourth edition of the Africa Cup inline hockey tournament slated to take place from Aug. 22 to 27 in the coastal town of Swakopmund.

Inline hockey fanatics are set to witness world-class action as the players include the likes of Kevin Mooney (USA), Bjorn Bombis (Germany), Eric Baldwin (USA), Silvan Brunner (Switzerland), and Louie Newell (Britain).

Organizer Dave Hammond expressed his delight to have the tournament back after COVID restrictions hampered previous tournaments.

“It is a huge relief to be able to host this event once again after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hammond said during an interview with Xinhua.

“We will have the president of World Skate Inline Hockey Andrea Fonzari present for the duration of our event,” said Hammond.

The tournament has drawn bigger interest from the players’ input than in the past, and has grown from previously having two divisions to nine.

Arranged in different age groups and levels, the divisions are: under 6, under 10, under 14, under 18, under 22, 30 and older, adult silver, professional and adult beginners.

The Namibian national teams (senior men, junior men, and women) will also participate along with international teams, PGKA Alliance, PAMA Golden Knights, Swiss Alliance, and Ninja Hockey Shop.

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Author: Shirley