Preparations for the athletics team that will be part of Team Botswana at the coming Commonwealth Games are said to be gong-on well. The Commonwealth Games will be held from 4-15 April 2018 in Queensland, Australia. The team, which has been in camp since 8th January 2018, is said to be showing signs of improvement with every competition. Team manager Olebogeng Oitebetse said preparations are going on very well, with the athletes’ performance on the rise. She said Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has been organising competitions for the team. The Athletics Super Nights, which have been held across the country, have been used to gauge the readiness of the team. Oitebetse said since the first Athletics Super Night – held on January 11, 2018 – to the third one which was held in Lobatse last weekend, the team has been showing great improvement in their times.
“The preparations are going on very well and the team is improving with every competition that it takes part in,” said Oitebetse, adding that when the competitions started the athletes’ times where low because they had just started their camp. She said BAA will take the team to as many international competitions as possible ahead of the Commonwealth Games. From March 8, 2018 both the men and women 400m relay teams will be in South Africa to compete in the Athletics Grand Prix Series. Apart from the Grand Prix Series, Oitebetse said, the team will also be sent to other competitions that they will get invited to. She, however, said they will be selective because they want to send the team to competitive events only. “We want to send the athletes to competitions that will challenge them to improve. We cannot just send them to any competition that will not add any value to them,” she said. While the 13 member team is expected to do well at the Commonwealth Games no specific target has been set by BAA. It has been explained that the only target of a total of eight medals is set for the whole Team Botswana by Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC). The number of the team members is expected to increase as the athletics team has been awarded a further two slots to fill. .