Windhoek – The Botswana Paralympic team’s recent performances at the Toyota National Championships in South Africa has been endorsed by head coach Katlego Maotwe as an indicator that the competitors are ready for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Maotwe said they used the competition to prepare athletes for the Paralympics, set for September this year.
The team returned from the two-day meet in South Africa (April 26 and 27, 2021) with two gold medals, three silvers and one bronze medal.
Team Botswana had Gloria Majaga, Bose Mokgwathi, Edwin Masuge, Stanley Matutu, Keatlaretse Mabote and Tshediso Monweng, participating in the 100m T12, 400m T12 and 400m T13, with the former three having already qualified for the Games.
Despite last taking part in a competitive event in 2019, the coach said the athletes showed they were primed and would only improve as the Paralympics drew closer.
“We are busy working on rebuilding their fitness levels and readiness to compete at the highest levels,” added Maotwe.
Bose Mokgwathi, who runs the 400m T13 said the Toyota National Championships evaluated their standard of performance ahead of Tokyo.
“We used the event to assess our readiness for the Paralympics,” Mokgwathi said.
He added that engaging more in international competitions would positively impact their preparations.
The athlete implored the nation to rally behind them, and for the corporate sector to support preparations and participation in the Summer Games.