REINSTATED 400m runner and former footballer Kabange Mupopo has set her sight at making it to the Africa Championships after her ban was lifted last year.
In 2018, Mupopo was handed a ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after she tested positive for a banned substance at the 2017 World Championships
The then 25-year-old, who won 400m gold at the African Games in Brazzaville and at the African Championships in Durban earlier, failed a drugs test at the 2017 World Championships in London.
A sample provided by Mupopo at the event was found to have contained exogenous testosterone, but she denies wrongdoing.
Last year, the runner saw her ban lifted and has since started preparing for major events.
“It is nice to be back on the track. I have been missing this for a long time and I am pushing forward to see what I can do and I am hoping myself that the first championship that is coming is the Africa Championship if I qualify I will know that I am moving forward,” she said.
Mupopo said she cannot promise much but is determined to work hard and return to her former best.
“It is not about thinking of making it. I have already been there it is just how to work hard and put things together and see how I push myself. I am not promising anything it is all about pushing and working hard,” Mupopo said.
She said when she appeared on a Sports Programme on Diamond TV.
Meanwhile, athletics legend Samuel Matete said in an interview that Mupopo must prove to the world that he can come back stronger after the setback.
“She has lost four years, four years is a long time in athletics she could have achieved a lot of things from the time she was banned up to now.
“It is not time to live with regrets and in the past, rather she has to focus on the future and look to things that are to come,” Matete said.
Matete was a great runner in his heydays as he won a gold medal at the 1991 World Championship in Tokyo and settled for silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the United States of America.
He also won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.