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Cycling wonder leaves for Switzerland

Cycling wonder leaves for Switzerland
March 07
09:14 2018
  • The scholarship is a spur towards Ebudilwe’s target of Tokyo 2020

Baitshepi Sekgweng

Botswana’s cycling sensation, Matshidiso Bakang Ebudilwe, left for Switzerland yesterday (Monday) where she will further her academic studies and continue her training in cycling.

The Tsela Riders Club cyclist is the latest beneficiary of the Botswana National Olympic Committee’s (BNOC) Olympic Solidarity Scholarship that she earned in January. The scholarship is valid up to 2020 and allows her to be based at Night Performance Centre in Zurich.

The 22-year old has been a force to reckon with on the road since she began cycling in 2014 and holds several titles to prove it. Among these are the 2014 Female Junior National Road Championships, the 2015 National Champion Mountain Biking and the three-phased 205km Kalahari Challenge Mountain Bike Championships.

She also claimed all the local races that she entered in both the U-23 and the Elite (senior) category last year.

Said Botswana’s wunderkind of cycling: “This is a welcome development because it comes with a lot of benefits. I’ll be at a high performance centre of where I believe I’ll get first-class training of the type that is not available here at home. That will also give me a chance to improve because will attend a lot of races, and thus improve my rankings.”

Ebudilwe, who is a member of Tsela Riders Cycling Club, was ranked 4th in Africa in the Under 23 category towards the end of last year. She is optimistic that with better facilities and more races, her rankings will skyrocket.

“Rankings are very important,” says the Mahalapye-born sensation. “Last year my rankings good, hence I qualified for the sponsorship. With more training and a lot of races, I believe I can rake in enough points and ultimately qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

The scholarship was the first one to be received by the Botswana Cycling Association.

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