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Super night to sharpen athletes

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) will hold another Super Night event at the National Stadium on March 10.

Initially, the date was set aside for the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region V International relays.

However, countries did not confirm participation; hence BAA decided to use the Saturday event to sharpen their athletes’ skills.

BAA president, Thari Mooketsi said in an interview that he was of the view that the track and field event would give the Commonwealth Games bound team enough practice. 

He said they found it important to start the season early and give athletes the opportunity to prepare for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia in April.

Other events are the IAAF World U20 Championships, which will be in Tampere Finland in July; Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Africa Youth Games that would be in Algeria in August as well as qualifications for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

At BAA, he said they believed that qualifying early for major competitions would give athletes and technical team ample time to prepare.

Athletes such as Amantle Montsho, Christene Botlogetswe, Karabo Mothibi are expected to compete on March 10.

“People should come to the stadium in large numbers to come and watch Botswana crème de la crème of athletics,” he said.

Meanwhile, 2018 seems to be the busiest year in the athletics calendar. This month, there will be IAAF Half Marathon Championships in Spain, Diamond League in Doha in May. 

Still in May, Kingston will host the IAAF World Challenge. Baboloki Thebe, Nijel Amos and Botswana’s 4x400m men’s relay will defend their titles during the CAA Africa Senior Championships in Delta. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Interview

Date : Mar 08 Thu,2018


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