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FAST CARS…Red-Lined Nissan arrives debuts in the TDR Source:The Midweek Sun

The Red-Lined Nissan racing team will rely on experienced drivers, navigators and fast cars in order to conquer the indomitable Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) team this weekend.

Reliability and professional technical team gives the globe-trotting Red-Lined Nissan confidence team the much needed confidence ahead of the Desert Race. This week the South African based glamour team fielded questions from Sun Sports reporter ISAAC PHEKO.

Which category is the Red-Lined Nissan team competing in during the 2018 1000km Toyota Desert Race?
FIA Class with three cars.

What are the targets set for the Redlined Nissan team in both the SACCS and the Toyota 1000 km Desert Race?
As we are more focused on our international campaigns we do not compete in all the SACCS events and as such do not have any targets within this championship but just generally use these events to test and develop our race cars. With regards to the 1000km Toyota Desert Race, first and foremost we want all three cars to finish with one of our cars on the podium, and then more importantly we want to win the Dakar Challenge.

How will winning Toyota 1000 km race influence your 2018 campaign?
It won’t influence our 2018 campaign but will contribute towards our 2019 Dakar plans.

Toyota has dominated the 1000 km Desert Race for close to four years. What will it take to beat the big and well-resourced factory team in the Desert Race and the SACCS?
A significant amount of money and resources together with professional drivers just like Toyota has.

Which other racing classes is the Red-Lined Nissan team competing in the SACCS? FIA Class only.

Is the Redlined Nissan team expected to compete in the 2019 Dakar Rally next year? We will be entering one car in the 2019 Dakar.
Has the Red-Lined Nissan competed Dakar in the past?
Yes, we have had six of our proudly South African race cars compete in the Dakar with five of these cars successfully completing the event.

Where is the Red-Lined Nissan racing car built?
In our premises in Kyalami, Johannesburg.
What edge do you have over your competitors in the SACCS and the 1000 km Desert Race?
We have experienced drivers and navigators together with a good reliable car and a strong and professional technical team.

How is will Red-Lined Nissan team interact with local car dealers, mechanics and other technicians when you compete in Botswana?
We open up our pit set up and hospitality areas to the Nissan dealers and their customers within Botswana.

Please share with us the specs of the Red-Lined Nissan racing car.
Engine: Nissan vk50 (v8 normally aspirated)
Gearbox: Sadev 6 speed sequential
Management System: motec 100 series
Suspension: Donerre
Fuel Capacity: 480 litres
Weight: 1890kg

Feel free to provide any further information on the team.
303 – Shameer Variawa and Zaheer Bodhanya
304 – Terence Marsh and Riaan Greyling
313 – Maik Willems and Rob van Pelt (international team from Holland)

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Gaborone United Football Club has finally handed Township Rollers the release letter of its (Rollers) Head coach, Rodolfo Zapata, Sun Sports can confirm.

Since Zapata’s appointment as Rollers head coach last month, he is yet to sit on the bench. GU has been holding tight to Zapata’s work permits that he dumped early this year for a job in Kenya. He then resurfaced last month as Rollers coach but things have been stagnant with Zapata not able to coach as he had an active work permit that needed to be cancelled.

This week, both GU Chairman Boitumelo Nsunge and Zapata confirmed that there has been an exchange of the letter. “Yes we have given him the release letter and agreed to cancel his work permit with GU,” Nsunge said.

The GU chairman however noted that they are still to discuss the alleged debt saying they have asked Zapata to furnish them with prove that indeed they owe him money over P300 000. The news will see Rollers management breath a sigh of relief as they have been trying for several weeks now, to work on the GU Zapata saga.

This publication has been reliably informed that the president of Rollers, Jagdish Shah was running out of ideas and was bound to make a decision regarding the matter some time last week. Actually speculations have been rife that Zapata would soon be replaced before he even starts official work at Rollers.

However as it stands now, anytime is teatime. Rollers is eagerly waiting on the Department of Immigration to process Zapata’s work permit with Rollers. It is not clear if the work permit will be available latest today, which will see Zapata on the bench tonight when they play Notwane Football Club, or the Argentine will have to wait for the year 2019 to start his duties.

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Olopeng’s last answer as sports minister

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Before vacating his office at the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Minister Thapelo Olopeng was confronted with one last controversial question from MP for Francistown Buti Billy last week.

The MP asked about an update on the commercialisation of sport. The issue has been a hot potato since the Botswana National Sports Commission Act was amended in order to professionalise local sports. However, the process has proven to be an uphill battle. The following is an excerpt from the Parliament Hansard in which the former sports minister responded to the question.
Buti Billy (Francistown East): Asked the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development to update this Honourable House on how he is commercialising sport and if there is any strategy in place to carry out that mandate.

Thapelo Olopeng: Thank you very much Mr Speaker. The transition from Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) to the Commission in 2014 was the first step towards professionalisation of sport in terms of setting up structures. Sport is at different levels of commercialisation in the different sport codes depending on the level of professionalism. We have a number of teams or codes which are already at semi-professional.

In football, several clubs have their players contracted and remunerated as per signed contracts. Sport also sells broadcast rights to generate revenue. Merchandising is another way that sport has commercialised. There has been establishment of local companies that manufacture sport apparel, and these have grown in popularity over the years. We have also witnessed sport such as Boxing, Athletics, and Golf, to name but a few. We witnessed them professionalise their operations and more are expected to follow. In some of the sport codes, individual sportsmen and women play professional sport internationally.

Mr Speaker, the Botswana National Sport Commission Strategy 2028, which commenced in January 2013, is an overarching strategy towards professionalising of sport, and thus commercialisation. The strategy seeks to promote sport excellence and enhance the contribution of sport to the economy. Billy: Supplementary. Ke a leboga Tona. Fa re lebeletse sports in general; all sports codes, a Minister o itumelela gore he had created employment jaaka a bua gore other sports codes di setse di simolotse go dirwa commercial? (Looking at all sport codes in general, is the Minister of sports happy he has created employment as he says with other sport codes becoming commercial)?

Olopeng: Thank you very much Mr Speaker. Thank you very much Honourable Member. Mr Speaker, my answer to that is yes, because just as at Premier League in soccer, we have 16 teams and every player within these 16 teams is on a payroll; they are paid by those individual clubs, that is creation of employment. We have our international athletes, those who participate outside the country at different events; they are paid.

We have other players, our athletes in football, netball and those who are hired by teams outside Botswana, I can just give example of teams in South Africa which have hired our players right here from Botswana and those young boys are paid by these particular teams. We have not reached where we want to reach, that is the reason why we are still developing our strategy of 2028 with Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) to make sure that we turn sports into an industry.

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