Botswana’s only Olympic medallist Nigel Amos has urged government and Batswana to continue showing them support even in difficult times. Amos called for equal support to all athletes, even those that are not performing very well. Amos said this at his welcoming ceremony at the National Stadium on Tuesday. “It is during this time of not so good performances that we need your support most but we do not get it,” he said. He said as athletes they are not running for their own course but for the country.
Therefore he asked Batswana to desist from standing by them when they are performing well only to abandon them when days are dark. He gave an example with what happened to former women’s world 400m champion Amantle Montsho. Montsho has been Botswana’s household name during her winning times, flying the country flag high but fell from grace following her doping case. Despite all these, Amos promised Batswana that he will continue making the country proud in the athletics arena. He even promised better results at the coming IAAF World Championships. “I promise that with your support we will bring back medals from the world championships,” he said.
Speaking at Amos’ welcoming ceremony the Minister of Sport Youth and Culture Thapelo Olopeng said Amos and Isaac Makwala’s recent splendid performance in the Samsung diamond league deserves recognition form everyone, hence the welcoming ceremony. He thanked Batswana for the support they have given to the local runners. Olopeng said it is fitting for the athletes to be given a pat on the back. “If these athletes are to make us proud at the IAAF world Championships, everyone including government, private sector, sports administrators and Batswana should pledge support in any way possible,” said Olopeng.