Botswana’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China is ready for the challenge, with medal hopeful, Nijel Amos first in tomorrow.
Coach, Justice Dipeba told Mmegi from China yesterday that the team has trained well and is raring to go.
Isaac Makwala had a lengthy workout in Germany while Amos was training in South Africa. The rest of the team trained locally under the eye of coach, Mogomotsi Otsetswe.
Makwala flew straight to Beijing from Germany while the other members left Gaborone on Sunday.
Dipeba said the weather was fine and expects athletes to adjust accordingly. He however, said the time seven-hour time difference might be a factor.
“The weather is ok. It is warm. It won’t affect the athletes that much. I guess in the next few days they will get used to it,” he said.
“Sometimes it takes time as it is not only the weather. Also the time difference can affect the athletes. China is seven hours ahead of Botswana, so it might take sometime for them to adjust,” said Dipeba, an athlete of note during his days.
He said the mood in camp in great and the whole team is happy.
“Training is going well. I think they will do well,” he said.
The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) expects a medal from Amos while Makwala is expected to reach the 400m finals.
Amos is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion while Makwala holds the 400m African record.
The bienieal games are the biggest in this year’s sports calendar ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Botswana has already produced a world champion after Amantle Montsho achieved the feat in Daegu in 2011. However, Montsho is missing in Beijing after testing for a banned substance last year.
The competition runs from tomorrow until August 30.