BNOC hopeful of more athletes to qualify for Tokyo 2020

Refilwe Motube
BNOC: Serufho

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, says they are still preparing for various competitions locally, regionally and internationally to qualify more athletes for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Serufho said this at a press briefing this Tuesday when giving an update on the preparations of the Olympics.

With only 143 days left the Chief Executive Officer said Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi is currently the first boxer in the world to qualify and first ever Motswana woman to qualify for the Olympics.

He also highlighted the support they are getting from Business Botswana, Chinese Business community in Botswana and that they are hoping to be able to tackle issues such as coronavirus to see to it that it does not affect their preparations.

“Decisions will be made if it’s safe enough to participate and if there are any changes they will be communicated. The team is expected to be sent off on the 27th of June and will depart to their pre-training camp on the 30th June, where they are expected to move to their game’s village,” said Serufho.

For his part, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Tumiso Rakgare announced the proposal of the Golf day in addition to other numerous fundraising initiatives as an attempt to try and raise funds to support our athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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He said still in support for Botswana athletes the board of trustees chaired by Billy Sekgororwane is on the drive to appeal for donations from individuals and companies.

The Minister said Debswana has donated P250 000 towards the team preparations.

The National Olympic Committee has also appointed their Vice President Tshepho Sitale as the Head of Delegation for the Tokyo 2020 Games, to ensure that all necessary measures are taken towards the team’s success.

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