The FNB Botswana (FNBB) Foundation has announced a partnership between FNBB Foundation and the Botswana National Sports Council to sponsor the upcoming Golden Grand Prix athletic competitions which will be held in Gaborone on the 29th of April 2023.

The Bank will be the title sponsor to the tune of P 2,000,000.00 (Two million pula only) and the event will be called the FNB Botswana Golden Grand Prix.

This sponsorship is in line with the FNBB Foundation’s 2022-2027 strategy which strives to support development and commercialisation of Sports in Botswana and will cover appearance fees for both international and national sports icons as well as prizes for the athletes.

The event is set to be a star studded affair attracting some of the very best athletes in the world. Multiple Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will seek a strong start to her season when she races at the Botswana Golden Grand Prix, this year’s second World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

The pocket rocket ran 10.67 in her first 100m race of 2022 at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi, also a Continental Tour Gold event, to achieve the fastest ever women’s 100m season opener. She went on to win a fifth world 100m title in Oregon and this year will aim to add another gold medal to her highly decorated CV at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.

“I will be returning to Africa at the Botswana Continental Tour Gold track meet,” said Fraser-Pryce in a message to fans. “I am excited to be opening my season so you guys get to see me run fast and have fun.”

Joining Fraser-Pryce in Botswana will be fellow sprinters Kirani James and Ferdinand Omanyala, who have been announced for the 400m and 100m, respectively. Grenada’s James completed a set of world 400m medals in Oregon last year, claiming silver to go with his 2011 gold and 2015 bronze. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala, meanwhile, claimed Commonwealth Games and African 100m titles in 2022.

This year’s World Athletics Continental Tour offers the biggest calendar yet and includes 14 Gold level events spread across five of the six continental areas. The action kicked off in Melbourne, Australia, on 23 February and runs through to September, when the Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica in Zagreb, Croatia, welcomes athletes on 8-10 September.