Team Botswana Bags 13 Medals From All Africa Games


Team Botswana brings home total of 13 medals comprising of three silver and ten bronze medals from the just ended 13th All Africa Games that were held from the 8th -23rd March in Ac-cra, Ghana.

Botswana was represented by a total of 88 athletes who participated in different sporting codes that include athletics, taekwondo, swimming, judo, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, boxing and weightlifting.

The athletics team has won three silver medals and three bronze medals from the games. The three silver medals were bagged by the 4x400m mixed relay team that was made up of Collen Kebinatshipi, Bayapo Ndori, Obakeng Kamberuka and Lydia Jele, the 4x400m men’s relay team consisting of Collen Kebinatshipi, Leungo Scotch, Boitumelo Masilo and Bayapo Ndori, while Victor Ntweng a medal in the 400m hurdles.

The 4x400m women’s relay team that was made up of Thomphang Basele, Lydia Jele, Obakeng Kamberuka and Oratile Nowe won the bronze medal as well as Kemorena Tisang in 400m hur-dles and Tumo Nkape in 800m.

Karate team has brought home two bronze medals that were clinched by Lethabo Sekano (68kg) in under 68kg female Kumite category and the ladies team which consisted of Amantle Leburu, Lesego Masimola and Lethabo Sekano, under the Ladies Team Kata event.

In swimming, Adrian Robinson won two bronze medals under the 100m breast stroke and 50m breaststroke. Karabo Kula won bronze medal in the Individual Kyrougi event for Botswana’s Taekwando team. Keamogetse Kenosi (57kg) of boxing also won the bronze medal. The men’s beach volleyball team that was made up of George Chiswaniso and Sekao Jack has also won a bronze medal after defeating Sierra Leone 2-0 in the semi-finals.

Other team Botswana sporting codes that include judo, basketball, tennis and weightlifting did not manage to win medals at the games.

In an interview, team              Botswana Chef De Mission Shadrack Kapeko said that they are satisfied with the performance of the team at the games, even though they struggled to adapt to the hot and humid weather conditions.

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) team Coach Meleko Ndolo told Times Sport that their performance at the games indicated their ability at this time of the season. He stated that their aim was to improve their chances of ranking in relays and they managed to improve their times in both 4*400m relays and the 4*400 he mixed relays.

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) team Coach Sensei Ofentse Bakwadi said his team per-formed admirably well at the games. He noted that their target going to the games was to secure two medals and he was proud that they have accomplished exactly that.

Bakwadi stressed that that they set a realistic target and their athletes delivered. He stated that his athletes’ commitment, resilience and determination were evident throughout the competition.

“Both bronze medals met our expectations and we are thrilled with the dedication and hard work demonstrated by our athletes,” he said. 

Botswana Volleyball Federation Vice President Admin Ndibo Lebala said though their women’s beach volleyball team did not perform well at the games due to challenges in preparations, he was proud that their men’s volleyball team secured bronze medal.

He stated that winning the bronze medal at the games was a great achievement looking at the fact that beach volleyball is new in Botswana. Lebala noted that they faced some of the best ex-perienced teams in Africa but managed to secure the third place in the competition.


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