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Why Makwala deserves recognition

Despite that many think that Isaac Makwala’s nomination this year for the BNSC awards was for appeasement than merit, evidence suggests otherwise.

“Fanne ke bone that list ya nominees before the world relays, ne ke sa ye go itshwenya ke ngakalla ke re ke direla Botswana waitse.” (If I had seen the BNSC awards nominees before the world relays I would have not worked hard representing my country). These were the utterances from the 400m Tutume born Makwala after being omitted from last year’s awards.  

By then Makwala had put up stellar performances which among others included the national record for the 200m and again setting a new African record for the 400m race. All these and many more meant nothing to the BNSC selection committee chaired by Geoff Tembo. However, this year after yet more stunning performances the runner has been given the recognition he deserves.

Among the competitions he participated in, is the Diamond League,  he also finished 5th in the finals of the World Championships, notching gold in the All Africa Games (AAG) while again being the fastest wheel in the 4×4 relay team that qualified for the Olympics. On the other side the Marobela born Nigel Amos, who some feel deserved nomination has won the Diamond league, stumbled in the preliminaries of the World Championships, notching gold at AAG and again as part of the relay team. This is seen as necessary efforts to give Makwala the award, more so that he was pivotal in the relay team looking at the times he split in 4×4 events.

In his glorious 2015 season, Makwala ran 43:72 to reclaim his African title as a record holder even though he was dethroned days later by South African Wayde Van Niekerk at the world champions. This time also made him the world leading for a short stint. Further solidifying his stand he displayed a sparkling performance at the world championships which meant all hopes were pinned on him as Amos was eliminated on the second round of the championship, but Makwala could only finish on fifth position.

Immediately after the world showpiece, “Bad-man” as the runner is affectionally called went on to prove himself at Congo, Brazzaville at the AAG where his superlative performance won a gold medal for this country. His influence could not go un-noticed in the relay team that qualified for the Bahamas meet. The same relay team also won a gold medal at the Africa Championships. This should end the debate in the corridors of whom between Makwala and Amos should have been nominated, the selection this time was based on merit and it wasn’t an appeasement plan like many suggest.

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