The greatest betrayal


Nijel Amos is known for his fast pace over 800m. He is one of the fastest over that distance in the entire universe. The athlete recently revealed that he wants to use that speed to run away from the country of his birth and effectively represent himself as an ‘independent’.

Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho can’t remember such a bizarre arrangement for a Botswana athlete since the protectorate was granted independence in 1966. This means no Botswana athlete has used his pace to run as an independent. But Amos was prepared to do it. Apparently he was left furious after his request for an Olympics scholarship was tossed out as the Solidarity Committee told the Marobela born star runner that it was other people’s turn.

Toys went out of the pram as Nijel felt he was deserving of another chance. Nijel is a massive brand, he is not some Johnny-come-lately or some wet behind the ear athlete still trying to fit into his spike or learning how to use a starter block. He has flown across oceans to represent Botswana, and rescued a disconsolate nation at the London 2012 Olympic Games. For that the country will forever be indebted to him. Botswana knows its first ever medal at the Olympics thanks to Nijel.

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