Gaborone – A strong 28-member Botswana team left for the Commonwealth Games, which take place in the Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4 to 15.
The Botswana team flew out on Saturday, with the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), eyeing eight medals.
The southern African nation is looking to improve on their disastrous showing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games four years ago.
The Glasgow sojourn failed to produce any medal, but instead, dished a sour end, when former world champion, Amantle Montsho, tested positive for a banned substance.
This week, Botswana announced a strong 27-member team, expected to hold its own against some of the world’s finest athletes.
Athletics will once again bear the heavy burden of bringing home medals with Montsho, Isaac Makwala, Karabo Sibanda, Nijel Amos and Baboloki Thebe carrying the hopes of the nation.
Botswana is now an established powerhouse in athletics, with Makwala, Montsho, Thebe, Sibanda and Amos prominent in international races in the last decade.
Botswana was initially allocated 23 slots but this was later increased to 28 spread across five disciplines being athletics, swimming, boxing, lawn bowls and weightlifting.
BNOC Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, said their medal target remains unchanged.
“We are targeting eight medals, and we hope the team will do us proud,” Serufho said when announcing the team.
The team leaves for Australia on Saturday to get enough time to acclimatise.
The full team:
Athletics: Amantle Montsho (400m, 4x400m), Christine Botlogetswe (400m, 4x400m), Galefele Moroko (400m, 4x400m), Loungo Matlhaku (200m, 4x400m), Goitseone Seleka (4x400m) Karabo Sibanda (400m, 4x400m), Baboloki Thebe (400m, 4x400m), Nijel Amos (800m), Isaac Makwala (400m, 4x400m), Karabo Mothibi (100m, 200m), Onkabetse Nkobolo (4x400m), Leaname Maotoanong (4x400m) and Pako Seribe (200m, 4x400m)
Boxing: Rajab Otukile Mahommed (52kg), Aratwa Kasemang (60kg), Keamogetse Kenosi (57kg) and Lethabo Modukanele (48kg)
Lawn bowls: Marea Modutlwa (singles, pairs), Nelly Senna (singles, pairs), Kitso Robert (singles, pairs, triples, fours), Kabo Gaboutloeloe (singles, pairs, triples, fours), Edwin Nyoka (singles, pairs, triples, fours), John Gaborutwe (singles, pairs, triples, fours), Dickson Senna (singles, pairs, triples, fours) Swimming: Naomi Ruele (100m, 50m backstroke)Weightlifting: Kgotla Kgaswane (56kg)