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High hopes as athletes go to Lesotho

TSHEPO MOLWANE
Sport Correspondent

6/6/2003 3:44:36 PM (GMT +2)

The national athletics youth team is in Maseru, Lesotho to take part in the Southern Africa track and field event to be held between the 7-8 June 2003.


The team which left by road yesterday (Thursday), is packed with promising youngsters capable of bringing home medals. In an interview, Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) coach Bobby Gaseitsiwe said, they are hopeful that 90% of the athletes will carry the nation's flag high. According to Gaseitsiwe, the youth did extremely well in the just ended Debswana championships. He pointed out that though they were competing against their seniors, they managed to stamp their authority. Letlhakane based golden girl Tshotlego Morama who gave her opponents at the just ended championships a tough time, is part of the team and is expected to continue her exploits in Lesotho. Another youngster Mothusi Obeilwe who impressed in 400m at the weekend is also a medal hopeful. High jumper Kabelo Kgosiemang and Nchinami Sinawe of 5000m are other medal prospects. Gaseitsiwe said they are monitoring the progress of Morama and Obeilwe as they will be representing the country in the world youth championships in Canada in July. "This does not mean that we're not monitoring other youngsters in this team, they are all part of us," Gaseitsiwe pointed out. The team which is coached by Moses Isaiah and Antonio Sebopelo is expected back on Monday.

Commenting about the Debswana championships, Gaseitsiwe said they were impressed by the improvement shown by the athletes. Most of the athletes met the standard of the All Africa Games to be held in Abuja, Nigeria in October. Tlhalosang Molapisi who broke the national 100m record set by Justice Dipeba is said to be the Botswana trump-card in the Abuja games. Those in the know, described Molapisi as a gem which need to be polished. Prior to the games, a psychologist is expected to be roped in to prepare the athletes and instill confidence in them. In the past, local athletes have faltered at crucial stages due to lack of confidence. The team for Abuja will resume camp on the 16 June - 13 July 2003.

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