President Ian Khama has cautioned the Rio bound Team Botswana against doping. Khama said the position of the government and that of sport organisations in Botswana is very clear against doping. He said Botswana abhors the act as it is cheating and it can never be tolerated in the country. Khama was speaking at the sending off ceremony of the team that will represent the country at the coming 201 Rio Olympics in Brazil on Monday evening in Gaborone. The delegation is expected to leave the country on Wednesday for the games that start on August 5, 2016. Team Botswana leaves at a time when sport is riddled by issues of doping, particularly athletics.
President Khama therefore pleaded with the team members to play a clean sport and to preserve the good name of Botswana. “As you head to Rio, Remember the Olympic movement is premised on the values of excellence, friendship and respect. I, therefore, call for each and every one of you to live to these values. Give your best on the field, and compete fairly,” said Khama. He congratulated the athletes for qualifying to the Olympics, saying this in itself is an achievement as many professional athletes do not make it to the games. The president also pledged government’s continued support for sport development in the country.
The chairman of the Local Organising Committee Marumo Morule is hopeful that the team with the support it had will do well at the Olympics.
He applauded government for releasing the funds in time for team’s preparations. “If we do not do well at Rio it will not be because of not preparing well but other things. I am happy that the team had very good preparations and we are hopeful that it will bring medals from the games,” he added. The team has seen an improvement in number compared to the 2012 Olympics team. The country will for the first time have representation in Judo at the prestigious games. Judo qualified after the country was given three wild cards by International Olympics Committee (IOC) under the Universality places. The country is represented in athletics, swimming and judo.