The eight athletes that have qualified for the Rio Olympics have promised not to become victims of doping at the games. Botswana is currently witnessing a sense of euphoria as eight athletes have qualified for the Olympics with seven of them coming from athletics and another from swimming. Doping is one thing that is likely to see Botswana’s excitement turn into a terrible nightmare. BAA mouthpiece Roland Masilila says they are very aware that their athletes are likely to take banned substances as a way of bettering their performances. “Athletes that are likely to qualify for Olympics as well as those who have qualified are currently on camp and getting advices on doping from their coach as well as manager,” he said.
He said the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) and Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) are also assisting them in terms of offering education on doping to athletes. “We have exhausted all means of teaching our athletes on the dangers of taking banned substances. We have an example of Amantle Montsho that we are currently leaving with and we would not like to see any of our athletes being victims of doping again,” he said. Masalisa further said if at all their athletes turn victims of doping then it would be an intentional act. “As people we like to take chances, so if any of them test positive then they would have done it on their own. As BAA we are doing our level best to avoid doping scandals,” he insisted.
Jele – a Rio-bound athlete –said she is well aware of what she takes into her body at all times. “I do not have a personal doctor who advices me on what to take but I always check the contents of what I take into my body as that is my responsibility,” the 400m athlete said. She said they are getting enough education from both BNSC and BNOC on dangers of doping. BNOC Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, said athletes are being tested and are continuously receiving education on doping. Meanwhile, Botswana has four victims of doping two from rugby and two from athletics.