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BAA splashes P5.1M on Tokyo 2020 preparation

Publishing Date : 18 February, 2020

Author : KENNETH MOSEKIEMANG

With just five months left before the official opening of the highly anticipated international multi-sport event; Tokyo 2020, Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) has assisted Botswana Athletics Associations (BAA) with P5.1 million. The money will be channeled towards preparations of the games- WeekendSport has been told.

 

BAA President, Paphane Botlhale told this publication that the P5.1 million which they received from BNOC will be used for the provisional team that went to the training camp on 9th January in preparation for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will run from July 24th to August 9th  2020.

 

Botlhale said they cut the initial 25 provisional team to 18 athlete’s team, consisting of 12 men and 8 women, this is after athletes underwent vigorous fitness tests.

 

The pre and post-test focuses much on the physical testing as it’s a requirement for any national athletic team.

 

BAA President further stated that the team includes 400m runners both male and female, 800m specialists, one athlete who runs in the hurdles and the relay teams.

 

‘‘The team which we have assembled, are going to try and qualify as individuals,’’ Botlhale said.

 

“We are going to try our luck in the mixed relay team because the mixed are part of the world athletics calendar. The mixed relays we will go for 4x400m whereby we will run half male and half female.

 

“In the Maun event they ran [mixed relays] but we have not yet gotten ranked as we have not ran them officially as a country.”

 

 He said the inclusion of the mixed relay will maximize the chance of a podium finish as they will have send three relays teams as compared to the past when they used to send only two teams.

 

The BAA President said there were series of upcoming athletic events which the athletes can use to qualify for the Olympics, as they still have the Gaborone International Meet(GIM) which is slated for May 2nd while the National Championship will be held mid-May, followed by African Championships which will be held at Algeria on 24 June till 28 June.

 

However Botlhale said they are hopeful that at least three individuals athletes, two from the 400m category and one from the 800m category to makes the tally to six; will join 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nigel Amos, Christine Botlogetswe, a 400m sprinter, as well as 2019 All Africa Game Gold Medallist Galefele Moroko; who have booked themselves tickets to the upcoming Olympics.

 

Meanwhile Botlhale further stated that from the projected team which they expect to send to Tokyo 2020, they remain hopeful that the team will return home with two medals.BAA President, Paphane Botlhale told this publication that the P5.1 million which they received from BNOC will be used for the provisional team that went to the training camp on 9th January in preparation for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will run from July 24th to August 9th  2020.

 

Botlhale said they cut the initial 25 provisional team to 18 athlete’s team, consisting of 12 men and 8 women, this is after athletes underwent vigorous fitness tests.

 

The pre and post-test focuses much on the physical testing as it’s a requirement for any national athletic team.

 

BAA President further stated that the team includes 400m runners both male and female, 800m specialists, one athlete who runs in the hurdles and the relay teams.

 

‘‘The team which we have assembled, are going to try and qualify as individuals,’’ Botlhale said.

“We are going to try our luck in the mixed relay team because the mixed are part of the world athletics calendar. The mixed relays we will go for 4x400m whereby we will run half male and half female.

“In the Maun event they ran [mixed relays] but we have not yet gotten ranked as we have not ran them officially as a country.”

 

 He said the inclusion of the mixed relay will maximize the chance of a podium finish as they will have send three relays teams as compared to the past when they used to send only two teams.

 

The BAA President said there were series of upcoming athletic events which the athletes can use to qualify for the Olympics, as they still have the Gaborone International Meet(GIM) which is slated for May 2nd while the National Championship will be held mid-May, followed by African Championships which will be held at Algeria on 24 June till 28 June.

 

However Botlhale said they are hopeful that at least three individuals athletes, two from the 400m category and one from the 800m category to makes the tally to six; will join 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nigel Amos, Christine Botlogetswe, a 400m sprinter, as well as 2019 All Africa Game Gold Medallist Galefele Moroko; who have booked themselves tickets to the upcoming Olympics.

Meanwhile Botlhale further stated that from the projected team which they expect to send to Tokyo 2020, they remain hopeful that the team will return home with two medals. 

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