Gaborone — Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) will hold a track and field meet on Saturday to allow more athletes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The closing date for track and field for the Olympics is June 29, and currently, Amantle Montsho, Christine Botlogetse, Galefele Moroko, Nijel Amos and Isaac Makwala have hit the qualifying mark.
One of the country's 400 meters ace runner who is based in Ivory Coast Baboloki Thebe will also compete on home soil.
Thebe who is currently in the country to process his VISA said the competition would help him to gauge his readiness as he also has competitions lined up in Europe.
While he is aware of the Olympic qualifiers deadline, he said was not under pressure to hit the qualifying mark on Saturday.
He, however, said it was every athlete dream to qualify on home soil to give the nation something to celebrate.
"I am just going to take it easy but if my body responds well, I will let it flow. If I qualify it will be a big bonus," he said.
BAA vice president Oabona Theetso said Batswana should expect a different and fierce battle in all events.
He said most athletes were relying on the Senior Africa Championships which they would use, should they fail to qualify.
He was expecting all athletes even those who have qualified to take part in the competition. "They will be using the meet to prepare for the Olympics, therefore we expect a different competition on the day," he said.
Theetso said so far Zambia had confirmed participation through their sprinter Sydney Siame who will compete in both 100 and 200 metres events.
He said his presence would help to push Botswana athletes as they would not want to be beaten on their home ground.
Source : BOPA