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NUTURING SPORTS DEVELOPMENT…JB Sports show generosity to BISA Source:The Midweek Sun

Local retail company JB Sports has sponsored Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) with sporting equipment worth P400 000. The sponsorship was launched in Gaborone this past Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, JB Sports Chief Executive Officer, Rajesh Nair said the sponsorship is for a period spanning 12 months and they will consider renewing it next year. Nair said JB Sports is committed to developing sport in Botswana especially from grassroots level. From the sponsorship, he noted that P 250 000 will be dedicated to Zonal events. “My hope is that BISA events in 2018 will be a success and we will continue assisting whenever possible,” he said.

The retail chain store company has previously partnered with Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and its affiliates, one of them being Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF). Nair said they want to align with the BISA vision of unearthing talent from schools. For his part, BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said they intend to work hand in hand with JB Sports to push the BISA mandate forward. He said they are grateful for government funding, however it has remained a challenge for BISA to fully roll out its plans for secondary school sports development.

Gaotlhobogwe revealed that BISA needs a budget of nearly 10 million annually, but only receive P1 million from the Ministry of Education. In addition, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) assists with P400 000, with that, they are forced to cut down on their plans in order to fit activities within the budget.

Gaotlhobogwe explained that BISA organises national competitions for 12 different codes and also participates in regional and international events.
“We always have to go back and request for more in order to cover all our activities. Even though we have managed to successfully host some events, the signs are for all to see that soon we will be unable to continue with the trends. The ministry appears to be experiencing challenges hence we need partners like JB Sports,” Gaotlhobogwe said.

Furthermore, the BISA President pleaded with the private sector to continue supporting local sport saying the contribution relieves the government the huge burden of mothering all sporting associations.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education, Simon Coles said sport plays a significant role in developing not only athletes but the country as well. He said the financial struggle cuts across all codes, however the government has limited resources and is often unable to offer the desired support.

“We know that we always receive the lion’s share from government, however we are also the biggest employer. About 80 percent of the finance goes to remuneration and salaries,” Coles said.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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