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ROLE MODEL: Makwala handing over an award to a happy athlete

400m ace shares words of wisdom with BISA starlets

Botswana’s 400m runner Isaac Makwala has urged youngsters to treat sport as a viable means to putting food on the table.

The man globally known for his #Makwala challenge after his exploits at the 2017 World Championships was invited to speak at the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) North Zone awards recently.

(BISA) North Region gathered last Friday to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the region’s star athletes.

As the biggest of the four BISA regions, the northern side has dominated the national BISA Championships in the last four years.

Makwala urged the next generation of superstars to remain disciplined and stay away from substance abuse.

The Tutume-native said sports should not be used as an excuse for neglecting studies and disrespecting teachers.

“Sports and education are inseparable! You should work and train hard. Sport is a livelihood. I’m a professional athlete but I’m no different from someone who has an office job,” said Makwala to his attentive audience.

The “Bad Man” as Makwala is affectionately referred to by his legion of fans said to remain relevant and at the very top in sports requires discipline an unrivalled work ethic.

“It’s not easy easy. You have to sacrifice a lot. You have to watch what you eat and how you socialise,” he said adding that he’s available to mentor young athletes in the country.

The North Zone Organiser, Tapson Patane said Makwala and the likes of Olympians Glody Dube, California Molefhe, Gable Garenamotse, Nijel Amos and Amantle Montsho are good examples of abundant talent found in the country.

Patane saids his zone has become a sports hub in the country.

“We have the best athletes in the country that broke the national BISA records this year and such are a trophy to this nation and deserve the best kind of motivation to realise their dreams,” Patane said.

Patane further appealed to the business community to partner with BISA North Zone to help youngsters achieve their true athletic potential.

“We are a brand and we believe with more business partners we can produce more athletes capable of dominating the world,” he stressed.

Patane, who took over the reigns in June, roped in Business Botswana Regional Manager, Kebaabetswe Bogatsu as the North Zone Patron.

Bogatsu’s mandate was to look at the overall strategy, which included increasing participation so the business community could get value for their money.