Africa Youth Games gold medalist Karabo Sibanda is aiming for gold at Youth Olympics to be held at Nanjing China on the 16th August.

He said this over the weekend during Botswana youth Olympic team send-off ceremony held in Gaborone.

Shashemooke born 800m runner said he has prepared well for the competitions. Sibanda was based at Goodhope senior athletics centre of excellence.

“As an athlete you have to be cautious about what you eat and drink. No fizzy drinks and fatty foods,” he said.

Sibanda said she has researched about some of the athletes she would be competing against.

“I have researched about guys like Martin Manley of Jamaica. Looking at their record, they are not a threat. I am going there to compete,” Sibanda confidently said.

Acting Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Vincent Seretse reminded athletes that their performance and conduct off and on the field is important.

He said these competitions give athletes an opportunity to explore and experience life outside their country.

“You should develop networks and friendships with young people from other countries and share experiences. Learn Chinese culture and embrace the cultural dynamic of others as we live the spirit of Olympics.

I believe that you will grow from this experience both in your personal lives and as athletes,” said Seretse.

Ambassador of China to Botswana Zheng Zhuquiang said Nanjing city and its people are ready to present a spectacular gala of sports and culture with Chinese characteristics to the whole world.

He said the slogan of the games is ‘Share the Games, Share our Dreams.’

“Sports play an important and irreplaceable role in our bilateral exchanges and cooperation.

I was impressed when Botswana’s first ever Olympic medal was won by 18 year old Nijel Amos.

This is a clear proof that Botswana youth athletes possess great potential and competitiveness,” he said.

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