GABORONE, Botswana, April 2020/ — Orange Botswana together with the organisers of the Orange Phikwe National Marathon, in consultation with the Selebi Phikwe Town Council and the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), have taken a decision to cancel the Orange Phikwe National Marathon (OPNM) scheduled to take place on the 25th of July 2020. This decision comes following consultation with critical stakeholders amidst increased uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is with a heavy heart that we made this decision; however, it was wholly necessary as our priority right now is our people, supporting Government’s efforts to ensure and protect the wellbeing and security of all Batswana. The intention is to allow as much time as possible for the situation across Botswana to normalise to a level that allows for engagements of this nature. We are apart now so that we may be together in the future again – to celebrate, to engage, to practice sports and to enjoy entertainment – the very things we love and cherish.
We wish to express our gratitude to all our stakeholders who have played a critical role in driving the success of this Marathon to date and thank them for the continued strength of this partnership and understanding. We further urge all Batswana to continue taking all precautionary measures as advised by Government and officials and to unite in the fight against the pandemic.
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