With Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) holding its National Championships this weekend, there are high hopes that more athletes will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. BAA officials are confident of more surprises at the national championships billed for National Stadium. The national championship, which will be used as the Olympic qualifiers, is expected to bring together Botswana’s top crème de la crème athletes. Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday BAA President Moses Bantsi said they believe more local athletes will qualify for the August Olympics in Rio from the championships.
On the side-lines of the press briefing Bantsi put his head on the block that Sibanda will qualify for both 400m and 800m races. Just like Bantsi national athletic coach Justice Dipeba is adamant of some surprises at the weekend. Dipeba pointed out that the athletes are in good shape and only need little time improvements to break into the team that will be going to Rio. He revealed that even those who have already qualified are currently doing very well and will use the championships as preparations for the Olympics.
Though Batswana will be expecting to see top athletes like Nijel Amos at the national meet it is not clear whether he will feature. Amos’ name appears in the starting sheet of the diamond league 800m event which will take place the same weekend in Rabat. Absent will also be Isaac Makwala who will also be competing at the Rabat Diamond league meet. Despite this Bantsi called on Batswana to come in large numbers to witness other equally capable athletes.