Botswana sensational 400m runner Isaac Makwala was disqualified from last night’s 400m final at the on going IAAF world championships in London, UK. To most local track and field supporters this decision by the IAAF stinks. Given Makwala’s recent form during the 400m heats and the semi finals, one would say that something is not smelling right with this shocking decision.
Leading up to the finals last night Makwala was enjoying the best form of his career having given 400m World and Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa a run for his money. Local track and field supporters and conspiracy theorist are up in arms as to what might have really happened to the 400m medal hopeful.
According to the IAAF, Makwala is one oaround 30 athletes at the World Championship who are suspected of contracting the norovirus or suffering from mysterious food poisoning. In an interview with the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) spokeperson Ipolokeng Ramatshaba confirmed that Makwala dropped out of the race due to alleged food poisoning. “What is strange is that he was not even tested for this virus.
He even said it himself in an interview,” Ramatshaba said. The BAA spokeperson said the condition required that Makwala go into quarantine for at least 48 hours. It is not a BAA issue anymore it is now a national issue. This is devastating for Makwala considering his age. He is now in his late 20’s and he might even retire before the next World championships.” According to Ramatshaba, Makwala had a 95 percent chance of winning a medal during the last night’s 400m final.
The runner consistently pushed both Van Niekerk and his compatriot Baboloki Thebe, recording sub 45 seconds in most of the heats. Nevertheles, Ramatshaba said the former McConnell senior school student has numerous opportunities to redeem himself. He is expected to compete in the eagerly anticipated 4x 400m races along Baboloki Thebe, Karabo Sibanda and Onkabetse Nkobolo.
The 2018 Commonwealth games scheduled for Australia are also around the corner. However Ramatshaba said they do not suspect any foul play or sabotage on Makwala’s side. This may just be a case of food poisoning. They might have served leftover at the hotel. Makwala who never went through development phases like his current Botswana teammates was discovered during his senior secondary school years at MacDonnell College in Tutume.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”