Botswana's 800m star Nijel Amos this week revealed that he has lost approximately P1 million in earnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amos who recently qualified for the cancelled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has not competed for the bulk of this year. Amos, fondly known as 'Zoro' made this revelation during a live social media broadcast with his fans this week.
The reserved and enigmatic track and field star was surprisingly candid and introspective during the live broadcast from Oregon, USA where he lives and trains. “I want to get married when I get home after the coronavirus pandemic,” a jovial Amos said responding to questions from his live audience.
Amos who is now a father revealed plans to marry a lady from Serowe but could not reveal her identity. Until today Amos remains Botswana's only Olympic medal winner after finishing behind David Rudisha of Kenya during the 800m final at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Since then Amos' career has been a mixed bag of spectacular highs and lows with injuries his greatest foe. Meanwhile Amos hinted on the future of his track and field career when he suggested he may retire if he does not win another medal during the Tokyo 2021 Olympics scheduled for next year. The runner who hails from Marobela village has since been nominated in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list.