BAA Champs This Weekend

| May 27, 2015

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) national championships kick of this weekend at the University of Botswana.

Speaking at the media briefing, BAA president, Moses Bantsi said the national championship came at a time when the association was in a process of selecting the national teams for various competitions.

Bantsi said the fact that countries such as Seychelles, Namibia, and Mozambique would send athletes would enhance competitiveness of the meet that would be used as the qualifiers for Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) region five senior championships scheduled for Mauritius from June 12 to 14.

He further said the nationals would also be used as qualifiers for IAAF World Youth Championships to be staged in China in August.

The president further said to date, only nine athletes had qualified for Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games based on their performances in 2014 and 2015, adding that there were two more slots available, therefore the nationals could also be used as a qualification platform.

Talking about national championship sponsor-Senn Foods, Bantsi said in the last edition they had indicated that it was their last sponsorship, even though they indicated that the doors were open for further discussions.

“We are happy to have at least have kept them with us for these year’s championships though not at the same levels as the previous years, but they have not totally abundant BAA,” he said.

According to Bantsi like any other business Senn Foods have experienced a very bad year for business due to electricity and water situation that had continued to affect people daily.

He however said with good performance of Botswana athletes in international stages, companies like Senn Foods would be very proud to be associated with BAA, and be able to recognise that their sponsorship pay dividends.

He also called upon other corporate organisations to emulate Senn Foods and other companies who support sport, adding that such sponsorships contribute immensely to the economy of the country.

Bantsi said Botswana Athletics would continue to represent this country very well at different levels, adding this year, they have already competed at four prestigious African Championship called the 12th Africa Junior Championship in Ethiopia.

He said in Ethiopia, team Botswana took position eight out of the 38 countries that competed in the championships.

At the 2nd Africa Youth Championships which were held in Mauritius, he said team Botswana finished on position four out of 28 countries and Karabo Sibanda of 400 metres and Aobakwe Nkobela of high jump set new Africa youth records.

At the IAAF World relays 400 x 4 men’s relay team qualified for both the World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Game and they are currently ranked seven in the world.

Bantsi said the women’s 400 x 4 relay team are placed 13 in the world which he said at the moment qualifies them for World Championships, with the ultimate goal to qualify for the Olympics.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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