Botswana’s 200 metres and 400 metres stunner Pako Seribe leaves for Germany today (Sunday) to start of his competitive season calendar. He joins the elite athletes in the competitive athletics calendar that runs until August. This is the phase where athletes enter competitions for their own gain. This part of his calendar is coordinated by Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) not the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) – the parent association. He said these competitions are totally different from the World Championships or Olympics since they are more rewarding in monetary form. When at these competitions they do not wear the flag colours, but rather the sponsors gear either Nike, or Adidas, which shows that they will be there representing those brands. In this instance he will be competing with his Adidas label, which is his clothes sponsor. “At the competitions you will only see me wearing my clothing sponsor Adidas without having the name of the country and flag,” he said.
He has been confirmed for the World Challenge Dakar 400m on May 23 in Senegal, World Ostrava Challenge in Czech Republic on May 27 in 200m, French meeting Forbach on May 31st in France, EAA Premium Prague 400m on June 8th, EAA Premium Turku 400m in Germany on June 25th and the La Chaux-de-fonds 400m on July 4 in Switzerland. “I am going there to do my best, and with the form that I am in I will also use these competitions to prepare for major championships where we represent the country that are coming,” he said. Seribe topped the IAAF chart as the fastest 200m runner based on the time that he ran at the start of the year. He aims to prove that though he does not run 200m as much as he runs 400m, he is indeed one of the upcoming athletes to watch since he is just 24 years of age. He has also recently taken part at the Penn Relays meet, which saw the local 4 by 4 men relay qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016.