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MBABANE – Eswatini’s fastest sprinter Sibusiso ‘Swazi Bolt’ Matsenjwa will be flying to Algeria next week for the African Athletes Forum.

The number one Eswatini sprinter, who is also the Chairman of the Athletes Commission, together with senior athlete Phumlile Ndzinisa who is the Vice Chairman will leave next Thursday for the forum which will take place next Saturday to Sunday.

Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOGCA) has assisted the sprinters with flights and visas to honour the meeting which among the agenda will see elections taking place for athletics  around the continent. The Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) sprinter said it was true that he was going to Algeria and mentioned that he was ready to get empowered through the trip.

“We are going to represent the voice of Eswatini athletes and raise concerns, and mingle with other athletes from around the continent. The trip will also help us ask for assistance on how we can improve our sport in Eswatini and have podium performance athletes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matsenjwa will be having a 100m race this afternoon at Pilditch in Pretoria, South Africa (SA) where he was earlier this week supplied his first package by his personal sponsor, Adidas, of a training gear which he gets twice a year according to his contract. The sprinter said he was grateful to Adidas for always taking care of him.

“I am grateful for the support I’m receiving from Adidas for dressing me up so that I can always look great and ready and also so that I can always matchup with the international stars. I am so thankful for such recognition from the second largest sports shoemaker in the world and that shows that my hard work does not go unnoticed,” the sprinter said.

The number one Eswatini sprinter also recently got a sponsorship deal from PVM which stands for Proteins, Vitamins & Minerals, a company based in Pretoria, SA which deals with nutritional sciences. PVM also sponsors SA athletes Akani Simbine (Common Wealth 100m gold medalist) Wayde van Niekerk (400m Olympic gold medalist and World record holder) Estie van Tonder (national kayak champion), Magda Nieuwoudt (Pro Triathlete),  Arno Botha (South African Rugby player), Wian Sullwald (Pro triathlete), Cornel Fredericks (SA 400m hurdler) and many others.

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