Namibia’s cycling lose promising rider Seibeb
By Staff writer
WINDHOEK – The Namibian sporting fraternity, specifically cycling, was dealt a major blow this past week following the death of one of the country’s top cyclists, Costa Raul Seibeb on Monday evening.
Seibeb, who was 25 years-old died in a Windhoek hospital following a car accident about 40 kilometres outside Aus settlement on the main road to Lüderitz in the //Kharas Region in southern Namibia.
Namibia Press Agency reported on Tuesday that Seibeb was transported from the Lüderitz State Hospital, where he was admitted with serious injuries after a car accident that “occurred in inexplicable circumstances”.
It is reported that the professional cyclist was travelling alone. Police reports have it that Seibeb was alone in the vehicle. The agency reported that Seibeb was in southern part of the country for the Klein-Aus Mountain Bike Challenge that took place from 29 April to 01 May.
//Kharas Region acting spokesperson Chief Inspector Coleen Brandt told Nampa on Tuesday that the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide; use of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent; and driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence.
Brandt told the agency that Seibeb was accompanied to Aus by a driver of his sponsor, Nedbank Namibia.
And he reportedly took the keys of the sponsor’s vehicle while the driver was asleep and drove off in the direction to Lüderitz, and subsequently to his untimely death.
“He did not have a driving licence; he drove off the road and the car overturned,” Brandt is quoted as saying by the press agency. “It is a sad situation and strange circumstances”.
Nedbank Namibia has paid tribute to Seibeb, who was the Namib Mountain Bike Marathon defending champion, describing him as an icon to the cycling sport fraternity.
Gernot de Klerk, Nedbank’s Head of Marketing and Communications, which the Nedbank Cycle Challenge told Nampa that “There was a good relationship between the bank and Seibeb, and Nedbank saw initiative and talent development in him”. De Klerk added that the deceased was “a humble athlete who knew what he wanted and worked for it”.
Namibians also took to social media to express their shock and pain over the passing of the young athletes. “A huge loss for Namibia! At such young age! Raul Costa Seibeb (b. 1992 – p. 2017), go well champ,” according to a post on Facebook.
Another user on Facebook posted that: “How very very sad. I have no words. R.I.P Costa, condolences to the family & to Namibia, what a great loss”. While the other expressed that: “How very very sad. I have no words. R.I.P Costa condolences to the family & to Namibia, what a great loss”.