Senegal-based triple-jump specialist Lerato Sechele is confident of qualifying for the upcoming Olympics to be staged in Rio de Janeiro from 5-21 August.
Sechele was one of five athletes awarded two-year sponsorships by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) in 2014 under the Olympic Solidarity initiative to help them in their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games. She has since been at a high performance training center in Dakar.
The other four athletes were Moroke Mokhotho and Inkululeko Suntele (boxing), Mosito Lehata (sprinter) and Ntšeke Setho (swimming).
Mokhotho, Suntele and Lehata have already booked their spots at the Olympic Games, and so have marathon runners Tšepo Mathibelle and Lebenya Nkoka.
Sechele will be competing in the African Championship to be held in Durban, South Africa from 21-26 this month and hopes to make the Olympic cut at the tournament.
“I will be competing in Durban this month and I am positive that I will do well and qualify for the Olympics because this is my last chance,” Sechele on Wednesday told the Sunday Express from Senegal.
The 2011 Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) gold medalist admitted she is worried that she hasn’t yet qualified for the global showcase.
“The truth is it is really worrying that I haven’t qualified because I am not going to have as much to prepare if I eventually make it. There is also pressure for me to qualify but I believe with hard work, everything is possible so my focus at the moment is on seeing that I make the Games. It is only after then that I will start worrying about the Olympics themselves,” said Sechele.
“I have competed in many international competitions so I will be banking on my experience to see that I qualify.”