Three upcoming local athletes are expected to compete at an international meet today (Sunday). The trio of Thapelo Ketlogetswe, Isaac Makwala and Pako Seribe will compete in Mauritius in 400 metres, while seven other athletes will compete in the Abidjan International Track and Field meet in Ivory Coast.
The athletes that will compete in Ivory Coast include three males and four female runners: Nigel Amos, Leaname Maotoanong, Boipelo Vike, Loungo Matlhaku, Lydia Mashila, Goitseone Seleka and Christine Botlogetswe.
Botswana Athletics Association Public Relations Officer spoke on behalf of the team that left on Friday and they are expected to arrive back in the country on Tuesday next week.
“Every race acts as a qualifier. Both the Mauritius International Meet and the Abidjan International Meet are qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow in July.”
The games will also be a qualifying opportunity for the African Championships that are also coming up in August later this year.
Out of the female runners, a lot of attention will be focused on Seleka and Mashila.
If they manage to run 400 metres in less than 46 seconds they will easily qualify for both the Commonwealth Games and the Africa championships. “If Botlogetswe can run 400m and Nigel Amos can run 400m races under 44 seconds they will also qualify.
“It will be based on their individual performances to gauge their capabilities for qualification.
Ramatshaba strongly emphasised that they will not be competing in relay races. Ramatshaba is also adamant that Nigel Amos will win his 400m races in less than 46 seconds with ease, as he is highly likely to intimidate other athletes who will be competing against him at Abidjan.
“We take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck in their respectful competitions which we believe will help them qualify for the upcoming major competitions to be held later this year,” he said.