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Eyes on athletics as Commonwealth team announced

Athletics will, once again, be the focal point as the Commonwealth Games Association of Botswana (CGA) named Botswana's team that will compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia next month.

Botswana has a strong athletics team with seasoned campaigners, Amantle Montsho, Karabo Sibanda, Baboloki Thebe, Nijel Amos and Isaac Makwala all ready to board the plane on Saturday for the Gold Coast.

The Commonwealth Games run from April 4 to 15, and Botswana has sent a 28-member team.

The team has been set an eight medal target, and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho is confident the side will do well.

Botswana was initially allocated 23 slots, later increased to 28 across five sporting discipline being athletics, swimming, boxing, lawn bowls and weightlifting.


The full team:

Athletics: Amantle Montsho (400m, 4x400m), Christine Botlogetswe (400m, 4x400m), Galefele Moroko (400m, 4x400m), Loungo Matlhaku (200m, 4x400m), Goitseone Seleka (4x400m)

Karabo Sibanda (400m, 4x400m), Baboloki Thebe (400m, 4x400m), Nijel Amos (800m), Isaac Makwala (400m, 4x400m), Karabo Mothibi (100m, 200m), Onkabetse Nkobolo (4x400m), Leaname Maotoanong (4x400m) and Pako Seribe (200m, 4x400m)

Boxing: Rajab Otukile

Mahommed (52kg), Aratwa Kasemang (60kg), Keamogetse Kenosi (57kg) and Lethabo Modukanele (48kg)

Lawn bowls: Marea Modutlwa (singles, pairs), Nelly Senna (singles, pairs), Kitso Robert (singles, pairs, triples, fours), Kabo Gaboutloeloe (singles, pairs, triples, fours), Edwin Nyoka (singles, pairs, triples, fours), John Gaborutwe (singles, pairs, triples,

fours), Dickson Senna (singles, pairs, triples, fours)

Swimming: Naomi Ruele (100m, 50m backstroke)

Weightlifting: Kgotla Kgaswane (56kg)


Managers and coaches

Chef de Mission: Tebo Segaise.

General Team Manager: Modisaotsile Phatshwane. Frederick Seno (Team attachŽ). Athletics officials: Olebogeng Oitebetse (Manager), Mogomotsi Otsetswe and Justice Dipeba (Coaches). Boxing officials: Lechedzani Luza (Coach) and Grace Mmolai (Intern). Swimming coach: Ignacio Gayo. Weightlifting coach: Alex Rankgwe. Press attachŽ (Mpho Aaron).

Medical team: Dr Stella Tawana (Team doctor), Captain Gabotepele Molefhi and Tyron Low (Physiotherapists), Strength and conditioning (Dr Maikutlo Kebaetse), Kagiso Tlhabano and Dr Tshepang Tshube (Psychologists), Erin Barnes (Sports and massage therapist and CGA attachŽ) and Dr Philip Claussen (Chiropractor).


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