Chef de Mission of Team Namibia at the Rio Olympics, Jesse Schickerling, has called on Namibians who wish to assist the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) financially towards Junius Jonas’ case to contact its offices in Windhoek.
Jonas, who was Thursday night eliminated from the 2016 Olympic Games after losing to French opponent Hassan Amzile in their 64-kg bout, was arrested last Sunday for an alleged attempt of sexual assault of an Olympic Village housekeeper.
There was no actual bail application for the young boxer but it was a habeas corpus application, meaning an application to secure physical freedom into the custody of a responsible guardian or an entity. This application allowed the 22-year-old to fight Thursday night.
Despite all difficulties, Jonas stepped into the ring and put up a good performance against Amzile, losing the fight by only one point – 28-29, 28-29, 28-29.
The boxer is currently in the care of the Namibian Embassy in Brazil. The NNOC has acquired the services of a top lawyer in Brazil to represent the Namibian boxer, an exercise which is anticipated to be very costly.
Jonas’ case has received international attention, with sports lovers around the world following the case closely.
Athletes still to represent Namibia at the games are marathon runners Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo, Alina Armas, and Mynhardt Kauanivi. The women will run on Sunday and Kauanivi on August 21. Cyclist Michelle Vorster will compete in the cross-country on August 20.
Another boxer, Mathias Hamunyela, was eliminated on Monday, while clay target shooter Gaby Ahrens failed to proceed on Sunday, and cyclist Vera Adrian exited the competition on Saturday. Cyclist Dan Craven also exited the competition, on Wednesday.