Confusion cleared as Sibanda qualifies for World Championships


Karabo Sibanda became the third athlete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships after running 45.26s in Orapa over the weekend.

He joins Baboloki Thebe and Nijel Amos who qualified by virtue of being African Champions in their respective races. There was confusion regarding the recognition of Itekeng as a certified IAAF venue.

BAA sports development officer, Gable Garenamotse said it does not necessarily mean that an athlete cannot qualify from a venue which is not certified. “Pako Seribe once qualified for the 2007 World Championships at that stadium. The stadium certification is mainly used for verification if an athlete has broken a world record. It verifies if indeed the track is of the required length. As for qualifications the certification doesn’t really matter. There are many aspects which are considered to determine if the athlete has qualified for major international competitions and some aspects are whether if there were trained IAAF officials and recognised IAAF equipment at the race,” Garenamotse said.

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Something ought to be done about deadly A3 Road

The accident which happened near Marapong village comes after yet another horrific accident which claimed 16 lives in July last year near Hubona. These stats don’t include other accidents where fatalities were not as many as the two.While several factors may have contributed to the two accidents and many others, many believe the biggest with that road is the bad state that the road is in. Unconfirmed reports in the most recent accident state...

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