While the country looks up to Nigel Amos to bring a medal home, the country is saddened by the fact that team Botswana is without top athletes whose experiences were expected to bring stability in the team.
The trio, Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda will not travel with the team due to injuries.
The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) is adamant that the national team will bring glory in the World Athletics Championships billed for Doha, Qatar. The team is without top athletes whose experience was expected to bring stability in the team. The three, Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda will not travel with the team due to injuries.
Despite the injuries coach Isaac Dipeba is optimistic that the team he has selected is capable and they athletes have been doing well in the recent competitions. “The team is not limping. We have a strong team that have been running good times and the competitions the athletes competed in recently have shown the capability of the team. The injured athletes are good and experienced athletes but we have equally good young boys who are doing well at the moment and have been running good times” said the adamant coach who has great confidence on the team.
According to Dipeba the team is confident because they know the value for the competition and what it entails for them. “The world championships are the qualifier for the Olympics and the fact that all athletes want to compete in the Olympics has kept the team in good shape and eager to do well because they want to qualify for the Olympics next year” he observed.
Dipeba observed that the team preparations have been going well and the team has been in active in other competitions. Late last month the athletes competed in the continental All Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Minster of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama encouraged the athletes to make memorable history that will put the country in the world map.
“Doha, where you will be competing is the city where the iconic Okavango Delta was listed 1000th world heritage Site in 2014. You must go and compete and make history in Doha” minister Tshekedi.
He advised the athletes to foster relationships and also observe how people do things so that when they come back they should advise sport leaders on areas to improve so that they can help athletes to reach their full potential. Khama also advised the athletes to compete clean and avoid temptations like going into doping. BAA president, Paphane Botlhale commended teachers and individual athletic clubs for keeping the sport of athletes growing. “Reaching the world championships to compete is an achievement on its own. You will be competing at the global stage against best like you and you shouldn’t be intimidated” advised Botlhale. Botswana will be sending 13 athletes, 2 coaches and two medical doctors.
Still with the athletics BAA was advised by the IAAF to drop Dr Clausen from their team because he had pending issues with IAAF medical body. “We were advised to drop him because of pending issues from 2017 hence they could not accredit him” explained Botlhale. The decision to drop him will not affect the team because the team is small.