In an endeavour to minimise health hazards emanating from participation in sporting events and training, Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) have already sent some athletes for screening ahead of the Commonwealth games early next year.
BNOC is targeting 8 medals at the Gold Coast games, and as part of preparations they are sending all participating athletes to the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria for health screening. The first batch of elite athletes left for Pretoria last week for the tests and according toBNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho “the athletes are back and the results are still being processed before being sent back here to be directed to relevant structures like the High Performance Commission which will interpret all those to us and advise accordingly”. The other batch is expected to leave soon.It is further said other athletes from other disciplines will also be subjected to the same.
According Serufho this was done to assist the technical arm to plan ahead of the games. The results will betteradvice on how intense the training should be in preparations for the games. Moreover the athletes will also be guided on the technique to use in various events to prevent injuries, according to Serufho. The medical screening is hailed as one of the best remedies going into international events. Prior to the 2012 Olympics, local athletes were subjected to the same and a historic silver medal was brought back.
Local coach breaks the jinx
A local athletics coach Thomas Ndadzila has passed the level two coaching course making him the only instructor eligible to officiate within the continent. Ndadzila, credited for a stellar role inthe grooming of 400m runner Onkabetse Nkobolo passed the test at Kenya (Regional Development Centre) reaching a pass mark of over 75%. This will allow him to pursue level three courses which will allow him to officiate anywhere in the world and certify him as International Technical Official (ITO). For now Ndadzila can only officiate in management positions. His compatriot Neo Nkane credited for moulding Baboloki Thebe at Nthwalang CJSS also attended the course but could only manage 52% and will not proceed to do level three.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.