Botswana National Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho said no one is to be blamed for the absence of Amantle Montsho’s coach at London 2012. This came after he received calls from Botswana media demanding to know the whereabouts of Anthony Koffi.
“Batswana should understand that Amantle does not have a personal coach. Koffi is an International Athletics Federation (IAAF) coach responsible for athletes at the High Performance Training Centre in Dakar- Senegal. He said he did not come because he had a problem with his visa, but that is just an excuse. We have his accreditation with us that gave him access to training sessions.
“We have no control over him, he is not paid by us and it was his choice whether to come or not. We did the best we could for him to come here, but he did not come. If we had an agreement with him then we could take action against him,” said Serufho.
He said Batswana should appreciate that Amantle gave her all but missed a medal position by the slimmest of margins in a very tough competition. Commenting on suggestions that she was wrongly placed in an outside lane for the final, he said the toss was done looking at the performance and times registered during the heats.
Meanwhile former Arizona State University athlete from Jamaica now based in USA, Candy Francois said most people expected Montsho to be in the top three. Francois showered praises on the Maun born World Champion and advised her to keep fighting hard to establish herself as one of the best in the world.
“I was shocked that she got lane eight, which I strongly believe had a bearing on the results. After she won in the semifinal I expected her to at least start on lane five or six,” said Francois. Meanwhile Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Shaw Kgathi said despite the disappointment of missing out on a medal Montsho has her eyes set on future races and has vowed to once again prove her mettle.