Bokomo Botswana, as one of the Toyota Kalahari 1000km Desert race’s long-standing supporters, is growing their partnership with Team White Star in this years edition due on June 21 to the 23rd in Selibe Phikwe.
What initially started off as a sponsorship in the race car component of the Desert race has now been extended towards the quad-biking category.“As Bokomo Botswana, we recognize the exponential growth in popularity of the Toyota Kalahari 1000km Desert Race amongst locals and the international sporting fraternity. We are a local entity that aims to champion Botswana talent and this partnership with the White Star Team is our way of contributing to the legacy of the sport in our country,” stated Bokomo Botswana Marketing Manager, Monicah Tau
While the winter months usually contain people indoors, an event like this brings people together in an outside setting, allowing them to camp and enjoy the off-road landscapes that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. “Our sponsorship of the team is grounded in promoting what Botswana has to offer in terms of the natural beauty of our desert, the motor racing and quad-biking sporting talent, and the celebrated ‘Botho’ virtue which remains a binding social force amongst Batswana,” Tau continued to explain. For his part, Team White Star representative, Keith du Toit expressed gratitude to Bokomo Botswana for the continued support.
“Having the nation behind us as Team White Star fuels and invigorates us as we get ready for the race. We really want to give thanks to our partners Bokomo Botswana through the White Star brand, our followers and the nation at large for continuously encouraging us for these many years,” he said. As the motor sport racing competition grows in the country, Bokomo Botswana looks forward to the future of working with aspiring young motorists and quad bikers.
With the experience of Team White Star, they are able to reach and inspire communities and develop talents that can reach bigger international platforms. “We wish the team a safe and successful run at the race and are excited for the growth this partnership will bring for us all,” concluded Tau.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”
BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet
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.