Namibia is set to miss the 2021 edition of Africa U20 Barthes Cup championship to be held from June 24 to July 4 in Nairobi, Kenya due to Covid 19, The Namibian reports.
Namibia Rugby Union president Corrie Mensah issued a statement on Friday, following meetings with the minister of sport Agnes Tjongarero, after the Namibian government's recent ban on contact sport due to Covid-19.
“The NRU regretfully had to notify Rugby Africa that we, under the prevailing conditions, unfortunately have to withdraw our under 20 teams from the Barthes Trophy competition. It is logic (sic) for the mere reason that the team will not be able to train and prepare properly,” he said.
At the same time, the senior men African champions also requested Rugby Africa to postpone the Africa Gold Cup Group A tournament that it's supposed to host at the beginning of July, to November.
"It was requested from us in a letter received from Coralie van den Berg, general manager Rugby Africa that should the tournament be kept in Windhoek 'there is a guarantee that the ban will be lifted on 1 July."
"Äs a result of the above-mentioned, the NRU has requested the exco of Rugby Africa to postpone the tournament to the fallback date in November 2021, with Namibia still as the host. Such a decision will be consistent with the decision to postpone the Barthes Tournament to the fallback date, with Kenya remaining the host when the latter encountered similar circumstances,” he added.
Namibia was set to play Senegal, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast in pool B. Barthes Cup was set to be held back in 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19 and related health concerns.
-Material derived from namibian.com.na