BNOC Readies for Commonwealth, Olympic Games

| May 22, 2015

Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC) chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho has expressed satisfaction on preparations for the 2015 Samoa Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Briefing the media on May 19, Serufho said to date, nine athletes had qualified for the Commonwealth games after meeting BNOC qualifying standards.

“We as BNOC have taken a deliberate decision that when we go to these major games, we are not going to send numbers merely for the sake of participation and or representation but we are only going to send quality athletes,” Serufho said.

He said they had been given a quota of 11 athletes so there was still an opportunity for two more athletes to qualify for Samoa games.

Serufho said he was happy that athletes had demonstrated quality within the team, citing Karabo Sibanda who not only won a gold medal during the Gaborone 2014 African Youth Games but also won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games making him arguably the best second athlete in those Olympic Games.

Also, Raja Muhammad from boxing won a gold medal during the African youth games and had gone all the way to win other medals in other Championships, he added.

There are other athletes that have won medals and that shows the quality of the team that is being assembled for Samoa 2015, he added.

Serufho stated that they wanted the athletes to express themselves in the best way they could to ably represent Botswana and raise the flag high. He added that they want to surpass what they achieved in the past.

Regarding the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Serufho said they are on the final sprint and preparations are ongoing.

Five are athletes are on full Olympic solidarity scholarships, one based in the US, Naomi Ruele, Nigel Amos in Potchefstroom and three others based in Botswana who move between Botswana and Europe, he added.

He said for Rio 2016 Olympics they would qualify more athletes than London 2012 Olympics and have already surpassed London 2012 number which qualified and seven athletes have already booked themselves a ticket to the Olympics.

“The ultimate goal is to assemble the best 4 by 4 men’s relay team that we currently have in the country and changes may happen if one of the athletes may not perform to the levels we are expecting,” he said.

BNOC wants to compete in more sporting codes and hopes that swimming and boxing will also come on board and qualify.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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