Botswana’s 400m Olympic Silver medalist Nijel Amos is the latest local athlete to benefit from the Olympic Solidarity Athlete Support grant. The scholarship covers both sports and academics.
The release from Botswana National Olympic Committee says the grant will cover his welfare.
BNOC was paying for his scholarship at FNB High Performance Centre and now that OS took over, the money will be diverted to other projects.
Some of the athletes who benefitted from the same grant are Pako Seribe, Isaac Makwala, Amantle Montsho and Kabelo Kgosiemang, who is the first Motswana to qualify for World Championships this year.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week Amos said he is excited about this because it has helped him to pursue Sports Sciences course at University of North West.
He said the facilities at the centre are good and he is training with other athletes who participated in the Olympics last year.
“Training was hard at first, but now I’m getting used to it and Vester is a good coach.
End of May I will be on vacation and that will give me time to go to Europe for training.
I am going there because it will be winter here and that might affect my preparations for World Championships which will be in Moscow Russia in August, he said.