Desert Storm hits the coast again

Sub Saharan titles on the line

25 September 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck

The President of the Namibia Kick Boxing Federation (NKF) Anita de Klerk has extended an invitation to coastal residents to support talented Namibian fighters that are in action at the third edition of the Desert Storm martial arts tournament this weekend.

The tournament takes place at the Jan Wilken indoor sport complex in Walvis Bay on 27 and 28 September.

De Klerk said that as a national body registered with the Namibian Sports Commission, the NKF uses Desert Storm as national trials for Namibian athletes to attend international events and world championships.

“Desert Storm is the largest martial arts championships in Namibia. Three Sub-Saharan titles will be contested and it’s the only martial arts championship of its kind. Lesley! Hoaëb (lightweight division) and Delano Müller (featherweight division) will also be defending their Sub-Sahara titles on Saturday,” she said.

Fifteen-year-old Müller made history in June when he became the first Namibian to win a world title belt in the featherweight division in the USA.

For this coming Desert Storm, more than 200 fighters from Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Brazil, South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia are competing.

The tournament is also sanctioned by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO AU) Region 5 Kickboxing Confederation.

“We are proud to have such a strong bond with international bodies who represent martial arts in Africa and beyond. The community will benefit greatly thanks to the high number of participants and people involved in this momentous event,” De Klerk said.

SASCOC (South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee) President Gideon Sam, World President of RCFAI (Ring Contact Fighting Arts International) Master Joe Viljoen, WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organisations) Region 5 President Shihan Aslam Mahomed, and Namibian Sports Commission representative/s are attending the event, while South African singer, actor and songwriter Brendt Wayne de Wet is the master of ceremonies.

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