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Softball umpiring clinic targets women

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EMPOWERING…Women benefitted from softball umpiring clinic Source:The Midweek Sun

Twenty ladies across the country benefitted from the Softball ladies umpire clinic that was held in Gaborone last week.

The clinic was specifically meant to give ladies an opportunity to learn on their own without male counterparts. The participants were selected by BISA from all the four zones of the country, to ensure that they continue empowering others in their zones.

Umpire in chief at the Botswana Softball Association (BSA), Abel Mataboge said that the clinic came at an opportune time and expressed confidence that what they have learnt would reach the entire country, as they were eager to learn. “They gave their level best to get umpiring mechanics and systems right and I am optimistic that they would positively impact the sport and I hope that as softball we would be able to retain them,” he said.

He added that with softball back into the Olympics, it gives women athletes and women umpires a better chance to achieve every athlete’s dream, being part of Olympics games. “As a facilitator and WBSC accredited umpire who will be going to officiate women world championship end of July in China, Japan, I was really impressed by what the ladies’ passion. It is overwhelming and promising,” he said.

National Team Manager from BSA, Same Molete applauded the initiative. She highlighted that women are psychologically ready and all the players that were called to the camp turned up except for one.  “There is a sense of bonding and playing as one unit and technically they have shown a lot of improvement,” she said adding that this was all due to their commitment during the week’s proceedings at the camp,” said Molete.

Mataboge said their wish is to bring umpiring ratio to one woman out of every three umpires. He also highlighted that in order to improve in any given sporting code, there has to be professional officials. “There is no decent softball game without proper officials,” Mataboge said. The ladies were also trained on scoring, as a way of improving the quality of games and even those at lowest levels of the competition.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet

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Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.

Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe.  No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.

However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry  of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”

Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.

However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.

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