With former world champion Amantle Montsho’s suspension ending in July, Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) is very hopeful that she will comeback even stronger and faster to regain her ranking as the best in Africa and the World in 400m.
Since her suspension last year for the use of a prohibited substance found on her system which was methylhexanamine no one has been able to beat her best time in Africa. BAA spokesperson Roland Masalila said that is what gives them hope. As far as it stands now the runner is not getting any assistance from the local sport bodies but Masalila said they have kept a good relationship with her.
He said he is aware that the local athlete is training on her own to maintain her fitness level and to be able to take part in competitions next year if she gets invited. “I can say that she is training,” he said, adding that the only thing that she is not having is to measure off her fitness in races.
He said with the effort that they see her putting they are very hopeful and still believe that she would bounce back in a big way. He said though they will be done with Olympics by July next year, she can be able to compete in competitions like the Diamond League. He said they are convinced that it is not yet time for Montsho to retire and that she can still make the nation proud again and bring more medals. With this Masalila said Batswana should give Montsho all the necessary support that she needs and treat her in no way different because she is still the pride of the nation.
Masalila said they are inspired by the 2004 Olympic gold medallist and 2005 World Champion Justin Gatlin. He failed a doping test two times, and was banned for four years in 2006. When he came back in 2010 he was even better. When contacted, Montsho said she did not want to comment because she is working on some projects that she will reveal soon.