The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) was established in 1978, and started participating in the Summer Olympic Games in 1980 (Moscow Russia). The BNOC is not only responsible for facilitating the participation of Team Botswana to the Olympic Games, but it is the body in charge of Commonwealth Games for Botswana. Thus, the BNOC is also Commonwealth Games Botswana. Team Botswana first participated at the Commonwealth Games in 1974.
Over the years, the quality of performance at the Olympic Games and at Commonwealth Games has improved exceptionally. In 2000, Glody Dube became the first Motswana to make it into the finals of any competition at the Olympic Games, followed by the 4x4 Relay Team making it into the finals in 2004. In 2008, Amantle Montsho also made it to the women’s 400m final. In 2012, Botswana won their first Olympic medal: A silver medal by Nijel Amos.
At the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games, Botswana has a total of eleven medals. From the first medal (bronze), won by Barb Anderson of Bowling in 1986, to the silver Olympic medal won by Nijel Amos, and a total of 5 Youth medals.
The BNOC strives to promote excellence in Elite Sport through simultaneous support of athletes, administrator’s coaches, and other sport support services. These programmes have been supported mainly through Olympic Solidarity funding.
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