Fourteen (14) local athletes will today leave for the 2017 Bahamas Commonwealth Youth games.
However Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) CEO Tuelo Serufho says the team has not set any medal target. Briefing members of the press to announce the team earlier this week in Gaborone, Serufho said they did not want to pile unnecessary pressure on the athletes but are confident that they will compete.
“These are youngsters and the best thing we can do is to allow them to compete and showcase what they have to offer, this will enable them to perform to their best ability,” he said.
Despite heavy criticism and accusations from the press that BNOC appears to be lacking confidence in the team, Serufho remained unshaken and maintained that they have always managed to produce stars by allowing athletes to compete free from pressure.
He explained that for the first ever Botswana Cycling Association will compete at the event with three athletes. Other codes to be represented are Athletics, Boxing and Swimming. The games will be held from 18th to 23 July 2017.
Bahamas will host about 71 countries and Serufho said the games are an important stepping stone for athletes who have their eyes set on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
As newbies to the tournament, Botswana Cycling Secretary General Tlamelo Dube said they have been preparing really hard for the games and is confident that they will do well.
Even-though Cycling is not really popular in the country, Dube explained that they have been conducting cycling activities almost every weekend and the public came through for them. Jeremiah Kokwane has been chosen as the cycling coach who will travel with the team to Bahamas.
The team will be led by LechedzaniLuza as Chef de Mission while KagoTladinyane and Meriam Mokgadi join as athletics Coaches. OthusitseMosalaKgotla will be in charge of the boxing team while Thabo Molekowill lead the swimming team.
Meanwhile the official sending off ceremony of the team was held at Avani Hotel this week Wednesday evening