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Montsho mulls the future


Former Botswana 400m queen Amantle ‘Amiredo’ Montsho who is reeling from the Commonwealth Games dizziness where she is alleged to have used a banned substance, methlyhexaneamine, has now put everything behind her and is mapping the way forward, sources have informed WeekendSport.


Ever since the Glasgow episode Montsho has never known the verdict, but it appears she is facing an untimely and sad retirement, looking at the dilly-dallying displayed by the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA).


The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) court has since released its verdict by nullifying her result and banning her from future ‘’Çlub” games pending final judgement from the local association. The local tribunal will upon releasing the verdict send it to the International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) for assessment because issues of conflict of interest might come into play.


Information gathered from impeccable sources suggests that the golden girl is not expecting the BAA’s final word to turn her fortunes around, but rather to add salt to the wound that is starting to heal.


’’Truth be told, she is not expecting much from BAA verdict, she can foretell how things will transpire and she is of the view that her fate could have long been decided instead of putting her future in limbo for so long,’’ a source said in Gaborone this week.


However, BAA promised during their ordinary general meeting last month that they would soon release the judgement.


The Maun-born sensation is now likely to take the scholarship that she was offered by the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) during her hey-day. When she was blossoming some years back, BNSC promised her that they would offer her a scholarship of her choice upon retires as a way of thanking her for meritorious work for her country.


Those close to her have hinted that it is one of the projects high on her agenda.


‘’Of course she is contemplating that scholarship,’’ added a source.


It is said that the University of Botswana (UB) is her first choice institution where she is likely to do sports-related courses, most probably physical education, because of her love to sport.


Montsho, who after rising to stardom left this country and lived most of her life in Dakar, Senegal, is expected to stay home pushing her social life.


After her Glasgow catastrophe there were some media reports that her father wanted his daughter to deliver her first born and who knows maybe she is also contemplating fulfilling the old man’s wish.


Weekendsport understands that should the dark cloud befall on her head, BNSC is likely to rope her into sports development, especially in grassroots programmes, using the same model they are using by involving former athletes in developing future stars.


For example, boxing, through Khumiso Ikgopoleng, is now reaping fruits of using former athletes in the sports development.


‘’She is very passionate about grassroots development and she likes to be hands-on, this is a chance she can’t miss, but the issue is they haven’t formally approached her to tender their bid,’’ the source said.


Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) CEO Tuelo Serufho confirmed this on Wednesday when he said, ‘’Montsho has a place in the local sport either as an administrator or its development agent.’’


However, this remains to be seen because many countries, among others Senegal, are said to be waiting for the verdict and should Montsho become unsuccessful they are likely to bid for her services.


When President Lt Gen Ian Khama delivered the State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) early this month there was much controversy when he congratulated all the current on former athletes – Nigel Amos and Isaac Makwala – but never mentioned Montsho (despite all the good work she did for the country) nor at least give her a word of encouragement at this depressing time in her career.


 But it is said the President’s ‘over-sight’ never bothered Montsho. ‘’She is a mature athlete; she understands this situations better and it didn’t bother her although she looked a bit down.”


Montsho has since the Glasgow episode been in hibernation and efforts to understand her plans for the future first-hand have been fruitless as her mobile phone rang unanswered.


At a time when she met this ugly situation she was battling for her second Commonwealth Games medal after making history in the London 2012 Olympic Games where she became the first Motswana to notch a gold medal.


With the judgement yet to be released BAA has also kept the Glasgow Report a closely guarded secret.

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