Runners Prepare for Zimbabwe National Championships

| May 28, 2015

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) president, Moses Bantsi has denied allegations that Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda will not partake in this year’s National championships to be held at University of Botswana .

The response follows allegations that the two will instead compete at the Zimbabwe National Championships scheduled for Saturday May 30.

However, Bantsi said as the BAA they take their nationals very seriously, and they believe that all Botswana athletes must compete at the nationals unless there are other excuses such as where athletes had already been scheduled for IAAF events like Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Pako Seribe and Lydia Casey Jele.

He said since IAAF takes precedence over the nationals, they had allowed athletes scheduled to compete there to go ahead.

Bantsi further said what should be borne in mind was the fact that, the national championships are used as qualifiers for any other major events therefore his association expects all Botswana athletes to take part.

“As BAA, we are saying everyone who wants to take part and parcel of the national teams should come for the nationals and mind you this is a clear message” he said.

He said the national championships are big events in BAA calendar and are the pride of Botswana, adding that besides the countries attending there will also be a guest of honour Frank ‘Frankie’ Fredericks.

Frankie is a former track and field athlete from Namibia, and according to the information on the Olympic website, he is a four-time silver medalist (100m and 200m) at the Games of the Olympiad: Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996.

He was also a finalist in the 200m in the Games of Olympiad, Athens 2004 World Champion in 200m (1993) and runner-up (1991, 1995 and 1997) World Champion in 200m indoor (1999) gold medalist at the World Cup (1998) in the 200m gold medalist at the African Championships (1998) in 200m, African Games (1991) in 100m and 200m and Commonwealth Games (1994 and 2002 in 200m) world record-holder 200m indoors African record-holder in the 200m.

He is also a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes’ Commission African Athletics Confederation (CAA) Athletes’ Commission chairperson Member of the Namibian National Olympic Committee Executive Committee.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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