Car spinning has become a big hit in Maun following an event that was held in the tourist town for the first time over the Easter holidays. The organisers of the event, Emergency Assist motorsport club, said they will be going back to the northern town next year.
According to one of the organisers, Simon Modisaemang, the event attracted multitudes of motosport enthusiasts as some were clamouring to get inside the venue that was fully packed.
“People had to steal glimpses of the action from outside the venue as they could not get inside. We set out to find whether there was potential for the sport in the area,”
he said. Modisaemang said they would consult with stakeholders such as Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture to see if they could host the event annually in Maun and attract people from Namibia and South Africa.“Maun residents were happy that they got value for money during the event.
However, my club which was sponsoring the event had to pay a premium amount of up to P15 000 for the parking area near the stadium event although there were no ablution facilities and we had to barricade the venue.”
According to Modisaemang, local spinners managed to attract new fans to the extreme sport. “Our local spinners including King Joe, Magistrate and Sherrif have shown a lot of improvement”. Meanwhile, Modisaemang said they would be looking for partners in the Ngamiland area to develop a half a kilometre Go Karting facility in a bid to grow motorsport in Botswana.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
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.”