Says she does not shun reporters
Botswana’s outstanding 400m woman runner Christine Botlogetswe has denied claims that she turns down interviews.
The form lady – having broken successive personal records in the 400m dash – is now a sensation and a major threat to established runners. Her profile has grown so fast in a short time, making her the most sought-after person for interviews.
While it has not been easy for her to squeeze out time for interviews, some local scribes have seemingly been offended and claim that she wants to be paid for any interview.
Botlogetswe seemed very concerned about these reports because she does not remember refusing any interview.
“The only problem can be when we are abroad, and the times are different, but other than that I don’t remember refusing any interview; why would I do that,” she asked.
Botlogetswe said if indeed she refused interviews why would she talk to other reporters.
She showed screen shots of conversations where one of the local sports journalists hinted that they will go against her.
“At the moment I am even scared to talk to the media. I told my coach that I am still uncomfortable because of the things being said about me but I guess it comes with the territory and I will regain my strength and not worry myself too much,” she said.
Reporters Anastacia Sibanda and Tlotlo Kebinakgabo who interviewed her recently said they didn’t pay her for the interviews.
“I think sometimes as journalists we become too aggressive on these athletes which then makes them uncomfortable and of course they may end up choosing as to who they talk to and who they do not looking at the treatment we give them differently,” Kebinakgabo said.
Botlogetswe intends to train hard and take part in many competitions.
“In 2018 season I wanted to run better and that is why I had a lot of PBs and I am so happy with myself,” she said.
She is proud that she broke her own records at big events, and has learnt that in athletics it is not about the race that she ran yesterday, but her performance in next race.