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Athletes to benefit from commonwealth grants

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Athletes to benefit from commonwealth grants
TALKING ELITE SPORTS: BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho

Botswana National Olympic Committee has announced the names of athletes who will benefit from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) grants.

BNOC Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho said the grants will go towards their expenses in preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games billed for April next year.

The four athletes are 800m runners Boitumelo Masilo, Keamogetse Kenosi of boxing, Rajab Mahommed Otukile of boxing and Theo Pelonomi of Squash.

Serufho said Olympic Solidarity has approved BNOC application for USD 100 000 under the continental programme for the period of 2017 to 2020.

He said the Tokyo 2020 scholarships commenced from March to September this year.

Beneficiaries are Onkabetse Onkobolo, Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Karabo Sibanda, Baboloki Thebe of athletics and Kabelo Kgosiemang of high jump.

Serufho said most of athletes receiving both the CGF scholarships and Continental Support Grant continue to do well.

“The 4X4m men relay team which recently won the country‚Äôs first silver medal at the World Relays in Bahamas is one of the beneficiaries,” said Serufho.

He further said most of the athletes have qualified for the World Championships which will be held in London this August.

“It is important that we help this athletes to prepare well for London,” he said.

Serufho highlighted that for both scholarships the BNOC has the right to replace any underperforming athlete with those who are performing well.

He said there will be possibilities of athletes being replaced on account of inter alia, poor performance, indiscipline and doping.