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Commonwealth team announced

Commonwealth team announced
March 13
08:58 2018

…given a target of 8 medals

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) yesterday announced a team of 28 athletes that will represent Botswana at Commonwealth Games billed for Gold Coast, Australia from the 4th-15th April.

The athletes will represent the country in five different sporting codes, amongst them athletics, swimming, lawn bowls, boxing whereas weight lifting will make its maiden appearance at the games. Speaking during the announcement made yesterday, BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho highlighted that they selected a formidable team as it has met the qualification standards of the games.

“We used to send as many as we want but the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has since came up with a decision to cap the number of the athletes competing at the games as they were persistently increasing hence being expensive for hosting countries. That capping of athletes came with new formats of participation at the games which amongst others include quota systems for countries where the CGF would use the average of your representation at the previous three games to arrive at the number of the quota,” he said. “In Botswana, we used to have a quota of 23 athletes but we are happy to announce that the number has been increased to 28.”

The BNOC CEO believes the team is ready for competition as they started preparing for the games in December last year. “That is however, not to suggest that they only started preparing then, you would recall that some athletes are under Olympic Solidarity Scholarships and Commonwealth Games Scholarships which allowed them to start their training earlier,” he said. “Other competitions like the IAAF World Championships have also been assisting us to prepare for the games.”

He said the athletics and the lawn bowls teams will leave for Australia on the 17th of this month to further their training in the country whereas the weight lifting team will proceed for a competition in Egypt between the 22nd-28th March, before heading for Australia. “Unfortunately for boxing, they were supposed to leave for a competition in Poland this past weekend but that did not happen due to unforeseen circumstances, we will however, keep in touch with BoBA (Botswana Boxing Association) to try find other competitions,” he noted.

Moreover, Serufho noted that they have set a target of eight medals for the team; “We have not climbed down from that very ambitious target as we have faith in our athletes that they will deliver.”

The team 

 Athletics

Women include, Amantle Montsho, Christine Botlogetswe, Galefele Moroko, Goitseone Seleka (all to contest in the 400m and 4x400m) and Leungo Matlhaku (200m and 4x400m).

Men: Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe, Karabo Sibanda, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Leaname Maotoanong (all to contest in the 400m and 4x400m), Pako Seribe (200m), Nijel Amos (800m), Karabo Mothibi (100m and 200m). Athletics has been given a total of 15 slots but only 13 were announced. According to Serufho, the remaining two will be communicated in due course.

Long bowls

Women: Marea Modutlwa, Nelly Senna

Men: Kitso Robert, Kabo Gaboutloeloe, Edwin Nyoka, Dickson Senna, John Gaborutwe

Boxing

Women: Aratwa Kasemang (60kg), Keamogetse Kenosi (57kg), Lethabo Modukanele (48kg)

Men: Rajab Otukile Mahommed (52kg)

Swimming

Naomi Ruele (50m and 100m backstroke)

 

Weightlifting

Kgotla Kgaswane (56kg)

 

 

 

 

 

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