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Namibian swimmer to challenge English Channel crossing   

WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) -- Namibian entrepreneur Bruce Salt will attempt to swim the English Channel in support of the Cancer Care Namibia Fund on Sept.27-28.

If successful, Salt will become the first Namibian man to cross the English Channel, a body of water that separates southern England and northern France, according to Sabmiller Namibia, a brewing and beverage company that will support Salt’s plan.

The swim is considered as an endurance challenge with not only the 35-km plus distance, but also variable sea conditions including high waves, sea temperatures ranging between 6 to 15 degrees Celsius, jellyfish and ocean debris, according to the company.

Furthermore, the channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with hundreds of tankers, ferries and other vessels passing through daily.

Meanwhile, for Salt’s swim to be recognized, he is not allowed to touch the boat or make contact with another person for the duration of the approximately 14 to 18 hours swim. 

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Namibian boxer’s docket now with Brazilian judge

WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) -- The docket of the Namibian boxer Junius Jonas who was arrested Aug. 7 in Brazil on sexual assault is now with a judge and ruling is expected by next week.

Jonas, who stayed behind in Brazil when the team returned to Namibia, is currently in the custody of the Namibian Embassy in that country.

In a statement seen by Xinhua Sunday, the chef de mission of the Namibian Olympics team Jesse Schickerling said Jonas’ legal practitioners have also submitted the boxer’s preliminary defense.

Schickerling said Jonas’ lawyers have asked the judge to speed up the legal proceedings before the start of the Paralympics games. 

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