Botswana athletes are expected to bring glory and raise the flag high when they compete in the CAA Africa Track and Field billed for August 1st to 4th, 2018 in Asaba, Nigeria and IAAF Continental Cup scheduled for September 9th, 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The local athletes who have been in fine form in recent international events will go in camp on the 24th July until their departure date on the 27th July and are expected back home on 6th August. Baboloki Thebe, Isaac Makwala, Amantle Montsho, Christine Botlogetswe are among the top athletes who will be taking part in the events.
In an interview with Sunday Standard Sport, BAA Spokesperson, Ipolokeng Ramatshaba said they are confident that the team will do well because all the team members are in good shape. “We have selected the team according to their time and performances,” said Ramatshaba.
Ramatshaba said the BAA could not set targets for the team because setting targets puts pressure on the team. He assured the nation that the athletes will bring glory to the nation because they are top athletes who have been representing the country in major events. Ramatshaba will accompany the athletes as the head of delegation together with coaches Mogomotsi Otsetswe and Isaac Mbise.
In the 100/200M (Women) category Botswana will be represented by Loungo Matlhaku and Tsaone Sebele while the 400/4x400M Relay(women) will be represented by Amantle Montsho, Christine Botlogetswe, Goitseone Seleka, Galefele Moroko, Matlhaku and Sebele. In the men’s 100/200M category, Keene Motukisi and Karabo Mothibi have been selected while the 400M/4x400M Relay (Men) will be represented by Baboloki Thebe (the defending Champion) Isaac Makwala, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Leaname Maotoanong and Leungo Scotch. Men’s 800M Nijel Amos and Boitumelo Masilo will compete against their peers.
Still with BAA, Thomas Ndadzile who is the technical officer left for Algiers yesterday (Saturday) ,where he is expected to officiate at the ongoing African Youth Games. Ndadzile is one the leading technical Officials in Botswana.