Student athletes who represented the country at the International Schools Sport Federation (ISF) World Athletic Championships have attracted a lot of attention with international scouts said to be readying to swoop on the country’s emerging track talent.
At least five athletes from the team are said to have caught the eyes of international scouts with one concrete offer already extended to Botswana’s reigning 400 m women’s champion, Galefele Moroko.
While it is early to gauge how deep the interest in the other athletes is with the team just having arrived from the championships, the interest in Moroko is said to be very serious.
Speaking in an interview, Botswana Integrated Sports Associations (BISA) Publicity Secretary, Tebo Segaise, said they are currently sitting on an offer letter for Moroko from an academy in Brazil.
“They (the Brazilians) have already written to us concerning taking Moroko to an academy in Brazil. While we cannot divulge much at this stage, all we can tell is that they are offering her opportunity to train and study in Brazil,” Segaise said.
She, however, said with Moroko still being a student, there is a lot that will be taken into consideration before any decisions can be taken on her future. The BISA Publicity Secretary said bearing in mind that the offer came at the beginning of this week, it will take a while before any decisions are made.
“Moroko is still young and is a student. As such, we still have to sit down and discuss with all those concerned, being her parents, her school, the Ministry of Education as well as the local sports governing bodies to decide what is best for her at this point in her career,” Segaise explained.
Moroko attracted the interest of scouts after clocking an impressive 54.44 seconds in her designated 400m race. The breathtaking performance by Moroko at the ISF Athletic Championships culminated with her being voted the games’ Most Valuable Female Performer.
According to Segaise, other athletes who caught the eye at the games were Vincent Basima and Gosego Mpeo after they too did well in their races. Basima registered an impressive time of 10.91 seconds to win men’s 100m race in his group while Mpeo ran an impressive 25.44 seconds to win her race category in the 200m ladies race. Meanwhile, the BISA Publicity Secretary has expressed optimism that there will be a lot of positive spin off from Botswana’s participation in the ISF Athletics championships. “We expect that from now going forward, we will see more talented students taking sport seriously and aiming to emulate the likes of Moroko in future ISF championships. If we continue excelling in these games, we will also expect to see more of our student athletes being scouted and getting an opportunity to earn scholarships and furthering their careers,” Segaise explained.
She said her association is hopeful that Botswana will continue sending athletes to these types of competitions as they afford student athletes to showcase their talents.