BNOC to embark on 2018 and beyond Talent Identification Programme

Gaborone: To assist National Sport Federations (NFs) to identify future stars for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond, the BNOC shall be embarking on a Talent Identification Programme that is sponsored by Olympic Solidarity through the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2018 Talent Identification Grant.

The YOG grant offers financial and technical assistance towards the training of young athletes, with the view to have them qualify for not only the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires-Argentina, but the 2018 African Youth Games (Algiers, Algeria) and, subsequently the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The programme will be targeting six (6) sports, being Basketball, Cycling, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Swimming and Weightlifting starting in November 2015, and operating under Botswana Long Term Athlete Development principles.

The previous YOG talent identification programme assisted the BNOC to nurture the talent that made the country proud at the 2014 African Youth Games as well as the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which saw the country secure thirty-one (31) medals at the continental showpiece and the first ever medals (2 silver medals) at the Youth Olympic Games.

Through the programme various sporting camps and festivals will be held in the country.