Mboma turns attention to next year’s World Champs 

 By Michael Uugwanga

AFTER failing to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France, Olympic silver medalist winner Christine Mboma has now turned her attention to next year’s World Championships that will be held in Tokyo, Japan next year.

This was said by her coach Henk Botha in an exclusive interview with Confidente, after the 21-year-old sensation has been struggling to live up to expectations this year, ever since making her return to the track and field a few months ago, following a year and a half absent due to her ban by World Athletics last year March and injuries.

World Athletics instructed all female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD), resulting in high naturally occurring levels of testosterone, to reduce their amount of blood testosterone. 

Mboma, who also happens to be the youngest athlete from Namibia to win an Olympic medal, aged 18 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 200m, failed to deliver at the recently held African Athletics Championship in Duala, Cameroon, few days ago.

The African Athletics Championship is an event that is also used as an Olympic Qualifier competition, with Mboma having gone there to try and qualify, but things did not go her way.

At 21, she still has a lot to offer to athletics, although lots of people have already started to write her off, even in the following years to come, despite being too young. On the other hand, Botha still has faith and believes in Mboma, whom he still rates as one of the world’s best-talented athletes.

Contrary to Mboma not making it to the Paris Games, the 200m gold medalist winner, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Hera-Thompson, who beat Mboma to the 200m crown, will also not defend her title.

According to Sports Max publication, the five-time Olympic champion, Thompson-Herah, will not be defending her 200m title at this year’s Games in Paris, after the 31-year-old opted only to cover the 100m at the upcoming Jamaican trials before sustaining an injury while competing in the 100m at the NYC Grand Prix earlier this month.

The multi-sport event is scheduled from 26 July to 11 August 2024.

“We (Mboma and Botha) are down because this is sad. She gave everything and worked hard, but we ran out of time. The thing is that she had her injuries, and with the medication, she had to work twice as hard as in the past. We just went through everything, and it did not work. Still, we know this is not the end of the road or the world for her, as it is just an obstacle. The shorter, the longer is still a very long career ahead of her, and the subsequent planning will be next year in Tokyo for the World Champs. That is what we will be focusing on, and that is hopefully when we will have enough time to get everything right. 

“There are lots of emotional things to learn, with the medication had an influence but it is not a permanent influence. She still has a lot of speed,” said Botha.