As Team Botswana leaves for the IAAF World Championships today (Sunday) hopes are high that they will win medals at the competition. The World Championships will be held in China from the 22nd-31st August 2015. Botswana will be represented by a team of seven elite runners who have continued to perform well in the international arena. The team is made up of 400m sensation Isaac Makwala, 800m specialist Nigel Amos, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Pako Seribe, Kabelo Kgosiemang Leaname Maotoanong and Sakarea Kamberuka for the 4 by 400m relay team.
With this team Batswana are hopeful that they will once again get a medal from the World Championship as it was done by former world 400m women champion Amantle Montsho. The country will be represented in 800m, 400m and the 4*400m relay. Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) president Moses Bantsi believes that the country has sent a quality team capable of making the country proud. Bantsi is confident that the team will easily bring home the expected medals. He, however, did not specify the targeted number of medals.
All eyes will be on Amos and Makwala to see if they will continue the good performance they have been showing at the IAAF Samsung Diamond league. The 4*400m relay team will also not be over looked as it is made of very strong athletes. All the athletes who will be representing the country at the world championship have also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng, is also confident that the team will do very well at the world championships. Reikeletseng said this is because the team is not new to the challenges. “This is a big stage but it is not an unusual one. We are sure that they will bring medals because that is what they always do,” he said.
Reikeletseng advised the athletes to go to China with the spirit of beating no one but their own performance. He said that way medals will be guaranteed. The BNSC chairperson promised the athletes all the assistance and the support they need to continue doing the country proud. BAA also got the chairman’s congratulations for the work they continue to do to develop athletics in the country. He pointed out that athletics is at the core of what BNSC wants to do in local sport. According to Reikeletseng, it is because of this that they have seen it fit to help the association set up a proper secretariat. “Very soon BAA will be having a full secretariat with a Chief Executive Officer,” he said.
From the World Championships the team will go straight to the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.