Thursday, July 2, 2020

Botswana sets eyes on London 2012 and Beyond

The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) is in the final processes of finalizing the country’s sporting blueprint for the upcoming international games.

Should everything go accordingly, the plan, known as London 2012 and Beyond, is expected to be finalized within the next two weeks.

Speaking in an interview with Telegraph Sport, BNOC Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, says should the plan be finished within the specified time, it will be handed to the government for consideration before the end of this month.

He says all sporting codes have already submitted their plans for the games with the last submissions taken in a week ago.

“These were resubmissions after we had returned them to concerned sporting codes for readjustments and fine-tuning before we can put them in the ‘London 2012 and Beyond’ master plan,” Serufho informed Telegraph Sport.

He says once the government has approved the plan, the BNOC and sporting codes will start an earnest preparation for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics as well as other international events in between. The BNOC chief says while a bulk of athletes due to compete at the Delhi Commonwealth games this year are expected to be the core of the London 2012 and Beyond team, some developmental athletes will be considered to give them more exposure and prepare them for other international games.

Meanwhile, the BNOC expects to have a complete list of athletes going to this year’s Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi very soon.

Serufho says they expect much improved performance from the athletes at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

He says the BNOC is targeting to get at least eight medals at the upcoming Delhi games. Should the target be achieved, it will mark a tremendous improvement for the country at the games. The maximum number of medals the country has ever achieved at the Commonwealth Games currently stands at three (3) from the Manchester 2002 games.

Serufho says to enhance their chances of achieving this target, they set high qualifying standards for the athletes. He says only athletes who had achieved better qualifying records have been considered for the games. “There are two qualifying standards, A and B, with the latter being the cutoff point. We have made it clear that for any athlete to qualify, he must have exceeded the B standard and at least be somewhere in between the two qualifying standards,” he told Telegraph Sport. He further added that athletes who have not performed well in Zonal and Continental games were not considered for the games. The BNOC CEO expressed satisfaction at the preparations for commonwealth games adding that the country has a very realistic chance of making its own sporting history at the games.

The Delhi games, according to Serufho, will also be used as part of preparations for the London 2012 Olympics where the country targets to make history by netting its first medals, one of which should be a gold medal.

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