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JUNIOR ATHLETES WARNED OF DOPING AHEAD OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

A target of 3 medals

Speaking at the send off of the junior team to the IAAF world Under 20 Championships,  the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Falcon Sedimo warned the departing athletes of the dangers of doping.

Sedimosaid, "Beware of doping, be sure of what you are consuming or drinking, don't be motivated to use enhancing products to boost yourself, just be natural."

He went on to give athletes a word of encouragement saying, "go out there and compete to make your country proud, don't be intimidated by your opponents but compete with yourselves to at least register personal bests and obviously gain experience."

Among the team members there are two experienced athletes Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda who are currently in Germany doing their training ahead of the summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. The team manager Brian Mosweu informed this publication that he is relying on the duo for the experience they have as they have a lot experience.

"My team have two experienced athletes who will add experience to the rest of the athletes as they have been competing on this events and doing very good," he said.

Mosweu said they are targeting 3 medals, 1 Gold in 400m, silver in 400m and the last one from 4*4 relay. He said they will have to strategize in the relay as Thebe and Sibanda will be the backbone of relay with the other one starting and the other running the last leg of event.

The manager explained logic of targeting 3 medals saying, "These are young boys who are not experienced, so I don't want to put any pressure on them to win something but I want them to gain experience and a medal will be a bonus," concluded Mosweu.

The team leaving Botswana for Bydgoszcz, Poland consists of Aobakwe Malau for 100m, Xholani Talane 200m, Baboloki Thebe 400m, Karabo Sibanda 400m, Omphemetse Poo 400m huddles, Gorata Gabankitse 800m, Tumo Nkape 4*4 relay Mompoloki Powane 4*4 relay, Thabiso Sekgopi and the only girl Galefele Moroko.

The competitions will start on the 19-24th of this month.

 

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