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Namibia Loses Top Rugby Administrator

A memorial service was held at Western Suburbs Rugby Club on Tuesday in honour of Namibian rugby administrator Chandler Plato who died of Covid-19 in Walvis Bay on Monday.

The service was attended by deputy minister of sport, Emma Kantema-Gaomas and chief administrator of the Namibia Sport Commission, Fred Mwiya, while the president of the Namibia Rugby Union, Corrie Mensah and the chairman of Unam Rugby Club, Christi Windvogel gave speeches in his honour.

Plato was an executive committee member of the Namibia Rugby Union, representing the western Erongo region, while he was also the chairman of Kudus Rugby Club from Walvis Bay for many years. His two sons Aurelio and Chad both excelled at rugby and represented the Welwitschias, while the 22-year-old Chad represented Namibia at last year's World Cup in Japan.

The president of Western Suburbs, Keith Allies said Plato's death was a tragedy. “Chandler's death is tragic and illustrates that the coronavirus is now starting to affect the rugby community directly. We have to be prepared to tackle it and we must not let up in our efforts to beat this. The clubs have to take the lead and give more education about how to tackle the virus and what measures need to be taken'” he said.

Allies said that Plato and his wife, Lovina, were wonderful parents, who supported their sons through thick and thin. "When I think of him the first thing that comes to mind is his unconditional support for his sons. Chandler and Lovina went to great lengths to support them financially in their rugby careers and would often travel to Windhoek or even South Africa to watch their sons play. He was a wonderful father and gave a great example in how he supported his children,” he said.
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