The notion that hard work often yields great results rings true for Namibia's golden girls Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi who have just received a whopping N$2 million sponsorship for three years from Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC).
We love seeing how MTC has been impacting lives and improving communities in the country. The team shared the big news via social media. "MTC is proud to announce a sponsorship worth N$2 million to Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma for the next three years,’ they shared.
In announcing the sponsorship, MTV said more information would be available soon. Masilingisi and Mboma recently raised the Namibian flag high at the prestigious Tokyo 2020 400m Olympics. However, they were disqualified due to high levels of testosterone after undergoing testing.
Mboma finished the 400 meters in 48.54 seconds, putting her at number 7 in all-time 400m achievements. Masilingisi clocked a time of 49.53 seconds for the 400 meters.
The athletes told BBC News that what happened to them is unfair. "We all come from different areas and are raised differently. It's just different. We are all created differently, with different purposes. So you can't compare me with someone else. It's really unfair," says Masilingi.
"I'll say the support system is very strong at the moment. There is a lot of it going on… It's all over the world and seeing people against this rule and everything, which really means a lot. The love, the coaches, and everyone, it's just good," they concluded.
Speaking to The Namibian Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub slammed the World Athletics and said the manner in which they handled this was unacceptable and it was an invasion of the athletes' right to privacy.
"This is an unacceptable invasion of the athletes' right to privacy and to the confidentiality of their health records," said Xoagub.
"Throughout our communication, we agreed that we will treat this with the respect and confidentiality it deserves because of its sensitivity, but World Athletics did not take that into consideration."
The World Athletics decision had many foaming at the mouth and they received massive backlash on social media. @taytbells tweeted, "Whàtever we as black Africans have done to IAAF they should just forgive us. Their rules are only applicable to us black Africans. What have Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi done?
@knowledgeipinge tweeted, " @WorldAthletics What is your problem with Africans exactly, how did you arrive at the decision of withdrawing our Namibian girls Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi from the Tokyo Olympics 400m without even testing them?
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