Birmingham failure: Where did it go wrong?

Silver lining: The 4x400m relay team won a silver medal  PIC: BNOC
Silver lining: The 4x400m relay team won a silver medal PIC: BNOC

In 2018, Team Botswana won five medals, which included three gold, one silver, and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. At the just-ended competition held in Birmingham, UK, the team managed a silver and bronze medal, a significant drop in performance, leaving unanswered questions as Staff Writer CALISTUS KOLANTSHO interrogates where it could have all gone wrong

In June, ahead of the team's departure to Birmingham, the Botswana National Olympic Committee held its Ordinary General Meeting where the affiliates were informed that the medal target at the Commonwealth Games was eight.

A team of 36 athletes represented Botswana, the largest ever contingent the country has sent to the Games. However, only 33 athletes competed. Botswana competed in athletics, boxing, cycling, judo, lawn bowls, squash, swimming, and weightlifting.

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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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