Botswana Body Building and Weightlifting Federation (BBWF) had representatives in the just ended South African championships and they brought home medals.
BBWF Secretary General Alex Rankgwe said the Championships involved Under-14 all the way to the seniors. Since weightlifting is still one of the fresh codes in the country, Rankgwe said they saw it fit to take part in a series of competitions to prepare for the Africa games. He said they have particularly included South African championships in the calendar to test their performance and see whether they are preparing properly in order to be able to rectify where they might be wrong. South Africa is currently ranked number one in the continent in weightlifting. “We went to Port Elizabeth where they were hosted and featured in the 56kg category, 62, 77, 85, and 95+," he said.
In all these categories Botswana managed to get medals with Alfred Gaothobogwe getting gold in the 56 kg category, Timothy Rantaung gold in 62kg, Onthusitse Simon gold in 95 kg, Alpheous Kagiso bronze in 85 kg and Dikabelo Solomon bronze in 77kg. One of the athletes who got the medal represented the code during the Gaborone 2014 Africa youth games. Rankgwe said he is very impressed of the athlete because though he is young and has shown dramatic improvement. He said that this will help them as they gear up for the Africa junior championships in July. Rankgwe regretted that were failing to attract girls to the sport. "We only have three committed girls now in the code, others have all left,” he added. He said they are happy now that they have until September in order to prepare the team for Africa. He said that they have an influx of people coming to the BNSC wanting to join, and as such they plan to hold a workshop by end of May or beginning of June to make people understand more about the sport. He said one thing that they are working on that they will reveal at the Annual General Meeting is the separation of weightlifting from body building and powerlifting so that it stands on its own since it is the Olympic sport while others are not Olympic sports. He said this comes after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) revealed that they do not want to be a part of codes that are not Olympic sports.