BNOC Sponsors Athletes to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics

The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) bids  supporting of the BAA five (5) athletes and namely Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Pako Seribe and Kabelo Kgosiemang and coaches Justice Dipeba and Jean Vester, safe and victorious journey to the IAAF World Championships that are taking place from 22 to 30 August 2015.

Four out of five athletes and the two coaches are sponsored through Olympic Solidarity funding as procured by BNOC, Nkobolo is supported from funds received from the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture towards preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The athletics team, sent through the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), will be one of the strongest Botswana has ever sent to the biennial Games, and as a result, an unprecedented performance is expected.

With Olympic Silver medalist, current leader in the Men’s 800meters of the Diamond League, Nijel Amos and the current world leader in Men’s 400 meters, fastest non-American 400m runner of all time Isaac Makwala in the team, amongst other stars, it is expected that Botswana will put up a sterling performance that may possibly earn the country her 2nd world championship, following the one then Olympic Solidarity scholarship holder Amantle Montsho won in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.

Leaving nothing to chance and at the advise of the BAA, the BNOC recently facilitated the travel of coach Justice Dipeba to join Isaac Makwala in Germany, where the athlete is currently training. Subsequently, Dipeba will travel to Beijing with Makwala. Equally, the BNOC has facilitated that Nijels Amos’ South African coach, Jean Vester travels with him to Beijing.

The performance of Team Botswana in Beijing will give an idea of how the country is likely to fare at the all-important Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where Botswana will be one of the African countries to look out for, given the stars she currently has.

BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho expressed optimism that the Team will perform well in Beijing.

“While we clearly don’t want to pile a lot of pressure on the Team, we are not expecting anything worse than the Daegu 2011 performance. We have enough depth and talent in this team to bring a very good result.” I wish the Team and its management well as they travel to the all-important Games”