The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has sent a team of 18 athletes to Namibia for the regional championships in Windhoek. The team is made up of rising stars who early this month posted impressive results at the African Permit meet held in Gaborone.
They include high jumper Onnanye Ramohube who clocked a personal best of 2.25m, and 400m youngster Isaac Makwalo, who ran a senior time of 46 seconds.
BAA's senior development officer Bobby Gaseitsiwe says by sending the athletes to a regional event, they want to show them support. " They did very well in the just-ended meet; they are the top performers at the moment and we want to push them to achieve more," he said in Gaborone this week.
The group has five sprinters: Funwell Kenosi, Tshepang Chube, Justice Malapi, Mmoloki Seeele, and Mooketsi Magaga, who are set to run in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m events. Isaac Makwalo, Zachariah Kambereku, Dan Mandau, and Omphemetse Mokgadi are listed for the 400m and 4x400m events. Mogomotsi Gaosego is the only 800m athlete in the men's team, while Kabo Gabaseme and Gabalebe Moloko will take part in the 5000m. Larona Koosimile will tackle the long
However, it looks like middle distance runner Tshotlego Morama will not make the All Africa Games team. She did not take part in the African permit meet early this month and missed the Debswana national track and field event in Molepolole last weekend.
As a result, she is not in the women's team travelling to Namibia. Gitseone Seleka has taken her place. Other women athletes in the team are Lindani Ndaba and Seonyatseng Nthompha, both 100m and 200m runners. Bonolo Maretele will compete in long jump and Tlhalefang Seleke in shot put. Gadifele Legase has been entered for the javelin event.
Meanwhile, professional athletes Glody Dube (800m), California Molefe (400m) and Gable Garenamotse (long jump) along with Ramohube, and Makwalo will travel to Europe next week for a two-month training camp.
Gaseitsiwe said while there, the athletes would also compete in various events until the All Africa Games in Algeria.