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Local Athletes Hopeful for A New Dawn Post Covid-19


The world invisible enemy, corona virus also known as “covid19” has had a huge impact on the world sports fraternity after it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This halted all major sporting events around the world including the Olympics that have been postponed to next year as a way of taking of precautionary measures in order to curb its global spread.

Botswana through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) became one of the first nations to respond and suspended all local sport events and restricted international travel for athletes. This left many athletes stressed and uncertain with their future since most of them depend on sport for a living which meant no income for some during this period.

Local athletes from various sport codes are adamant that the pandemic will end, and life will go back to normal even though the situation is unpredictable as to when it will end. They have gone on social media to express their feelings and how the corona virus crisis affected however they are of the view that all things shall be normalise again. Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) have recently introduced a social media (Facebook) challenge dubbed #WeMissTheDojo and posted their pictures on their karate regalia.

In an exclusive interview with Echo Sport Botswana National Karate Champion Ofentse Bakwadi said even though the situation is beyond their control it is important to stay positive and hopeful in order to avoid mind killing thoughts.

“We know that it is just a matter of time and we will be back in the dojo soon, of course this left us with stress and uncertainties, but it doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world. I urge other sportsman and women to remain hopeful and continue training from home,” he said.

Few months ago, there was yet another trending challenge #StayHomeChallenge where footballers across the world where uploading videos of them kicking the toilet paper (TP) in their houses to show how they miss football.

Local athletes who are based in different countries around the world have also expressed their hope despite being stationed in hardest hit nations that includes Nijel Amos (USA), Naomi Ruele (USA), Gavin Mogopa (Japan) and Thuto Ramafifi (USA) amongst others.

Botswana is currently in a 28 days state of public emergency also known as extreme social distancing period.

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