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With only four weeks left until the international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11 in Paris, Namibia has finalized its team that will represent the country at the event. Only four athletes are set to participate in the global showpiece.

Namibia's representation is seven athletes fewer than the contingent at the 2020 edition in Tokyo, Japan.

Namibia will be represented across three sports: marathon, cycling, and swimming.Since 1992, Namibia has consistently participated in the Olympic Games, with the highest number of participants being 11 athletes from 2000 to 2020.The lowest number of participants from Namibia at the Olympics was in 1992, when the country sent only six athletes.

Joan Smit, Secretary General of the Namibia National Olympic Committee, expressed confidence that the country will be well represented despite the low number of participants this year. A notable absence from the Namibian Olympic team will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 200m silver medalists Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi.

Mboma underwent hormone therapy to regulate her testosterone levels.Mboma was temporarily suspended from track events by the World Athletics Council in March 2023 under regulations concerning testosterone levels in female athletes, particularly those with differences in sex development.

Despite not qualifying this year, Smit encouraged the public to continue supporting Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi as attention now shifts to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. Namibia's team will feature Helalia Johannes in the marathon event, Vera Loser in women's road racing, Alex Miller in mountain biking, and Phillip Seidler in the 10-kilometer open-water swimming competition.

 

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