GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
The Gaborone International Meet (GIM), an
athletic event that is to be held at the National Stadium in
Gaborone, Botswana has received entries from several African
countries and regions.
Briefing the media
on Tuesday, GIM Managing Director and former middle distance
gold medalist, Glody Dube said this year’s Commonwealth Games
medalists, Isaac Makwala, Amantle Montsho and Baboloki Thebe
were expected to headline the event.
The stars will
compete in different track events with Thebe and Makwala
hammering it out in the 200m event as part of their Doha Diamond
League competition preparation.
edition of the IAAF World Championships is scheduled to be held
between September 28 and October 6, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
“Initially we did
not have the 200m [event], but we have created the event for
Makwala and Thebe. You know in private meets like these,
sometimes we are controlled by athletes, and we can’t run away
from such [things] we need them to come and compete in our
event,” Dube said.
international athletes, he said South Africa’s 800-meter runner
Caster Semenya, made it clear that she was busy with school work
and that she was too busy preparing for the Doha meet.
GIM General Manager,
Kitso Kemoeng said the event would start at 10am and different
athletes would compete in different short, middle and long
distance races as well as field events.
The event will be on
April 29 and has received entries from Lesotho, Malawi,
Maldives, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe.