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Dube changes athletics landscape

SHARE   |   Monday, 30 January 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
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The annual Sports View International Meet has been renamed – it will now be known as Gaborone International Meet. The race organiser and former 800m great Glody Dube says the reason behind this is to attract international stars to Botswana who will use the race as a qualifier for big events. “This is now the product for the nation and it is going to be very big because this year it is international. We have upgraded it to that level,” he said. Dube said the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture has been brought as sponsor. “There will be the qualifying standards. We can even confirm that the stadium has already been booked for the 29th of April,” he said. Dube said Botswana will be hosting athletes from all over the world in April, some of whom will be based at South African performance centres. They are making an arrangement to bring them to compete just from South Africa other than waiting for them to go back to their home countries. He said other sponsors have already come on board to support the event. He said that even local top athletes will be treated the same way as the visiting top athletes. “Sometimes local elite athletes are taken for granted, but during these competition we will give them the star treatment that they get even when outside,” he said.

Now that he is not in the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) he has avoided any issues that have been perceived as bordering on conflict of interest. As an Athletes Manager he has been having meetings in South Africa with other managers to see ways to improve and meet world standard. He has taken to grooming local athletes who have potential and has taken some them fully under his wing. He ensures that a medical doctor regularly checks his athletes. He had been working at ensuring their welfare. “After running no one helps them or even to teach them on how to use the money and that is why they end up not even having nothing to show off for their career,” he said. According to Dube, even in his time there was no guidance but he had to guide himself to be a better man. He said local athletes should trust them as their managers because they understand the situation in Botswana and how it is like, unlike when they are managed by someone who is far. He said at the moment he even have athletes in different countries that he is working with.