Ready, Set, GIM
The GIM is in it’s third installment this year and growing said it’s LOC Chairperson Mrs. N Dikgomo-Goulden yesterday at the press briefing with local media. The GIM, short for Gaborone International Meet, is an annual international athletics competition held in Gaborone, Botswana. The aim of this annual athletics competition is to prepare athletes for larger international competitions such as the Olympics, World and Continental Championships.
Last year, the race was graced by some of our best athletes who ran alongside Botswana’s upcoming athletes. Isaac Makwala and Christine Botlogetswe were among some of our elite athletes that had attended the Meet. While we await the runner list for the 2019 GIM. Preparations are underway and the committee assures that all is place and another press briefing slated for Friday afternoon where all athletes will be unveiled.
Neighbouring countries have already pledged their support and attendance of the 2019 GIM. Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zamia and the host country Botswana will all send athletes to compete. Other countries that had pledged their attendance and had to withdraw due to other reasons are Eritrea and Ghana while Zambia has already sent her athletes ahead of all other countries.
The 2019 GIM will be taking place on Saturday 27th April at the National Stadium and the LOC is expecting 240 local and 100 international athletes to compete in the event. At least 50 technical staff are also expected to be present thanks to the many sponsors the LOC has been able to court despite there still being a need for more.