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Athletes that form Team Botswana from different Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) affiliated clubs across the country are in camp in Maun to prepare for the upcoming athletics season.
The Camp, which started in October last year has put together 20 athletes and will be coming to an end next month.
Among the athletes are those who participated at the Africa Senior Championships held in Mauritius in June last year, which include Letsile Tebogo, Bayapo Ndori, Leungo Scotch, Kemorena Tisang, Karabo Mothibi, Thomphang Basele and Victor Ntweng.
The team’s coach Kebonyemodisa Mosimanyane told Times Sport that the preparations which include training camp is meant to improve the performance of local athletes ahead of different local and international competitions.
He said they have chosen to host their training camp in Maun looking at its uniqueness, serenity and the geographical landscape of the area which he indicated are beneficial for their endurance.
Some upcoming local competitions this year include the BAA track and field series which are scheduled for Francistown this month and February. Mosimanyane also noted that they will attend the Botswana Grand Prix formerly known as Gaborone International Meet (GIM) on the 29th April 2023.
“Our training camp also makes preparations for the 13th All Africa Games scheduled for Ghana this year and the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary from the 19th August to 27 August 2023,” the coach revealed.
Botswana has recently signed a three-year contract with World Athletics to host Continental Tour Gold event dubbed Botswana Golden Grand Prix (formerly known as Gaborone International Meet (GIM).
In a recent press release organisers of the competition announced that Botswana has been given the opportunity by World Athletics to host the first Botswana Golden Grand Prix, a world Athletics Continental Tour Gold event on the 29th of April 2023 at the National Stadium in Gaborone.
The statement indicated that this will be an annual event with World Athletics having given Botswana the rights to host this prestigious event for the next three years. In the same, the event has been upgraded from Bronze status to become a World Athletics Continental Tour (Gold).