Fans will get a glimpse of who are Africa’s next generation of world beaters in athletics during the 10th Africa Junior Athletics Championships in Botswana from today Thursday.
Botswana are hosting their first ever Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) event at the University of Botswana Stadium in the capital Gaborone. The biannual event runs for four days.
“So far about 700 athletes from 28 countries have been accredited for the competition. We are expecting more arrivals like Libya, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and Madagascar,” Botswana Athletics Association President Moses Bantsi revealed.
“Therefore we remain optimistic that we will have athletes from over 30 countries out of Africa’s 53 in action here. Such a positive attendance is a huge show of confidence and honour to our country Botswana.” Bantsi observed.
“We look forward to some very exciting competitions not just from athletes from the well established athletics powerhouses like Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Many smaller countries have begun to make their mark on the international scene. We in Botswana are among them,” says Bantsi.
Botswana has consistently produced some fine sprinters in recent years. They are expected to be the delight of the home crowd that will throng the stadium. Bantsi assures that athletics fans outside Botswana will not completely miss out on the actions.
“Television channels that have bought the rights, will have live coverage of this events throughout the world. Television media houses in most of Africa and some parts of Europe have shown a keen interest in following the proceedings here,” Bantsi disclosed.
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