WINDHOEK: Henk Botha, the athletics coach, has announced the anticipated return of Namibia’s Olympic Games silver medallist, Christine Mboma, to competitive track events in April 2024.
According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Mboma faced a temporary ban from athletics competitions earlier this year imposed by World Athletics due to high testosterone levels. The international sports governing body requires female athletes with differences in sexual development and elevated testosterone levels to reduce their blood testosterone to below 2.5 nanomoles per litre (nmol/l) for at least 24 months to be eligible for competition.
However, Botha revealed a significant update regarding Mboma’s eligibility. World Athletics has granted her the approval to compete in the 100m and 200m events, though she remains restricted from the 400m, 800m, and 1,500m categories. This decision comes after Mboma underwent treatment to lower her testosterone levels to meet the prescribed limit.
Botha expressed his excitement over Mboma’s return to the sprint track, highlighting the challenge they faced in training without a clear goal. With the recent approval, they have shifted their focus to power and gym sessions as part of Mboma’s early preseason preparation.
In preparation for her return, Botha outlined their training plan, which will intensify in January 2024, involving rigorous track and endurance work. He emphasized the significance of Mboma’s comeback, viewing it as an opportunity to demonstrate their strength in athletics and to make Namibia proud once again.
Mboma’s return is eagerly awaited by her coach and supporters, marking a significant moment in her athletic career as she prepares to compete at the highest level in sprint events.