Namibia Junior Men’s at 2017 First World Championships in Nanjing China

The Namibia Ice and Inline Hockey Association (NIIHA), the governing body of Inline Hockey in Namibia hereby wishes to announce and inform the Namibia about the participation of the Namibian Junior Men Inline Hockey Team, who will represent Namibia at the FIRS (Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports) World Roller Games in Nanjing, China from 23 August to 03 September 2017.
NIIHA invited and hosted Team Trials during 21 to 23 October 2016 at Kamikaze Inline hockey Club and selected players from various clubs to make up two Development Teams in the under 10 and under 12 divisions to take part in the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh) in San Jose, California, USA in June 2017.
During these trails four National Teams were originally selected to represent Namibia at the 2017 FIRS World Championships in Beijing, China in August 2017. Due to school exams and other unforeseen commitments of some of the selected players, NIIHA could only maintain and train with the young, but committed Junior Men National Team, who will represent Namibia at these World Championships.
As part of the International Program offered by the Namibian Inline Hockey Association (NIIHA), the Namibian Junior Men’s Inline Hockey Team will represent Namibia China at the world-premiere World Roller Games organized by the World Federation FIRS. In contrast to previous years, where FIRS had offered only the World Inline Hockey Championships (Toulouse, France 2015 and Asiago / Roana, Italy 2016, where Namibia was also represented), the World Roller Games will be offered for the first time for all sports on reels, among others Inline hockey, roller hockey, artistic skating, downhill skating, marathon skating and more.
After completing several training camps, the last of which took place in Swakopmund at The Dome, on 23 August 2017, the team is ready to set off for Nanjing, China. There will be two training days on the first day, after which the official FIRS program starts on 27 August 2017, with the pre-games and Namibia first opponent would be Spain.
The groups in which the 18 nations have been divided, were ranked according to the last competition, which took place in Italy in 2016 (Namibian Junior Men was placed 21 out of 24 during the 2016 World Cup in Italy), are as follows:
Group A: CZE, USA, TPE, AUS, IRI
Group B: ITA, CAN, COL, IND, NZL
Group C: SUI, SWE, GER, KOR
Group D: ESP, FRA, GBR, NAM
The other opponents against whom Namibia will play during the pre-games are as follows:
On 28 August against France and 29 August will be against England. The first round placements, quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place from 30 August. The Czech Republic team won the title the past 9 years and is still the favourite. The Namibian team’s goal is to improve their ranking in the World Cup and of course to gain additional experience at the international level.
NIIHA successfully organized and hosted the Africa Cup (with international participation) at The Dome in Swakopmund from 23 to 27 May 2017, as well as sending two junior development teams (U10 and U12) to San Jose, California, USA to participate in the North American Roller Championships (NarCh) in June 2017 where the U10 team took the gold medal home and the U12 team narrowly missed the bronze medal.

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