Botswana has potential to host world events

Keino (left), Issac Makwala and Kurgoy at the GIM press conference PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Keino (left), Issac Makwala and Kurgoy at the GIM press conference PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Botswana has been identified as one of the countries that have the potential to host major world athletics events.

Kip Keino Classic chief executive officer, Martin Keino made the remarks during a visit to Gaborone this week. Keino and Charlotte Kurgoy, an administrative officer at Athletics Kenya and also head of administration in the Kip Keino Classic visited Gaborone as an invitation from the Gaborone International Meet (GIM) Local Organising Committee (LOC). The visit is part of the requirements by the World Athletics as GIM prepares to host the Bronze Meet 2022. The Meet is scheduled for April 30 at the National Stadium. The Kip Keino Classic is a track and field meeting held at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya and named after Olympian Kipchoge Keino.

The inaugural edition took place in 2020 as part of the inaugural World Athletics Continental Tour. Keino said in September they invited GIM director, Glody Dube to the Kip Keino Classic. “We hope that he picked some lessons from the event. We have hosted World Athletics Continental Tour-Gold level for two years successfully. We have one more next year in May, a week after GIM 2022. We wanted Dube to come and witness what a Continental Tour looks like in Africa,” he said. Keino said in turn they were invited to visit Botswana to come over and take GIM LOC through what is required and what assistance we could provide as similar event organisers in Africa.

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